Under pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan has launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, a media report said on Wednesday.
The action came after a high-level UN sanctions team visited last month to review progress against groups and individuals banned by the world body.
Following orders by the Punjab government, the district administration of Rawalpindi took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by the Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).
Under Auqaf dept.
The seminary has been handed over to the Auqaf department, which controls the religious properties, the Dawn newspaper reported.
The paper reported that the provincial government last Friday directed the Auqaf department to take control of the seminaries.
“The provincial government handed over a list of four seminaries in Rawalpindi to the district administration. The district administration teams have visited the seminaries, but JuD has denied any link with the madrasas,” said a senior official of the district administration.
The official said the government had directed the district administration to check the details of students and teachers of the JuD-run seminaries and doctors and paramedical staff of the FIF dispensaries.
He said the government had constituted a team of the district administration, the police and the Auqaf department to check the details. A similar operation would be launched in Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum.