According to senior police officials, the children were being prepared for extremist and illegal activities at the religious school.
“The police carried out a full-fledged raid on a tip-off on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Sindh. During the raid the main person at the seminary, Qaqi Usman was arrested while search is on for the others involved in mistreating the children,” said the DIG east.
“Most of the children were in chains and are in bad condition,” said the officials.
Rehman Malik, Interior Minister said that the police have been instructed to probe into the matter if the seminary was linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban and if the children were being given terrorist training.
Television channels also flashed children being taken out of the seminary, located adjacent to a mosque.
“We were kept in chains and hung upside down and beaten with sticks if we didn’t comply. We were told that we would be given training to fight in Afghanistan,” a boy was quoted as saying.
Another boy revealed that Taliban members visited the seminary and asked them to prepare for battle.
Police revealed that parents were not allowed to interact with their children, most of them were brought to Karachi from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, a hotbed of Taliban activities.
“What we have learnt is that the parents used to pay around 10,000 per month to the seminary for the education of their children who were sent to Karachi to get religious education,” a police official said.