Pak Punjab govt launches crackdown on JuD seminaries

The seminary was handed over to the Auqaf Department, which controls the religious properties, while the dispensaries were given to the Health Department.

IANS
Islamabad, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 12:23AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 12:23AM
Pak Punjab govt launches crackdown on JuD seminariesFile Photo

Pakistan's Punjab government has launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in Rawalpindi.

Following orders by the Pakistan government, the Rawalpindi administration took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by JuD and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), the Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday. 

The seminary was handed over to the Auqaf Department, which controls the religious properties, while the dispensaries were given to the Health Department. 

The action came after a high-level UN sanctions team visited Rawalpindi in January to review progress against groups and individuals banned by the UN.

In January, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan issued a notification to all companies, prohibiting them from donating money to the entities and individuals listed under the UN sanctions committee's consolidated list.

"The district administration teams have visited the seminaries but JuD has denied any link with the madrassas," a senior district official told Dawn.

He said the government had taken control of madrassa Hudabia -- which comprised a college, a school and a seminary -- and started conducting an audit of its finances to check details of the funding and expenditures.

The official said the government had directed the district administration to also check the details of students and teachers of the JuD-run seminaries as well as doctors and paramedical staff of the FIF dispensaries.

He said a similar operation would also be launched in Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum districts. 

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