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Pakistan Schools Vow to Resist Expulsions

Islamic schools said Friday they would resist any effort by police to round up their foreign students — even as the government backed away from a threat to do so if the students do not leave Pakistan by the year’s end. The estimated 13,500 schools, known as madrassas, have long been regarded as a recruiting ground for Islamic militants. Three of the four suicide bombers who killed more than 50 people on London’s transport system in July were of Pakistani origin, and at least one visited a madrassa with known militant links. After the bombings, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf vowed to deport foreign madrassa students. His government also warned that madrassas would be closed unless they registered with authorities by the year’s end.Full Story

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