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Pakistan to Monitor Religious Seminaries

Pakistan said on Wednesday it was set to launch a long-delayed plan to monitor Islamic seminaries, which have often been accused of breeding religious extremists. Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told Reuters that a new law to monitor and regulate the seminaries, or madrassahs, would be put before cabinet in about a month. “The policy is aimed at monitoring the activities of these madrassahs, of these organizations, keeping a watch on their performance,” Hayat said. There are thousands of religious schools across Pakistan, mostly run by Islamic groups which strongly oppose any government regulation. They are popular with the poor, because they offer free education and sometimes free board. Full Story

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