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21 February 2024

Pakistan shuts 182 religious schools

Pakistani Elite Police Force take part in a drill to fight against militants at a school in Peshawar on January 28, 2016. (AFP)

By Wam

Pakistani security authorities have shut down 182 madrassas - schools - across the country for being involved in stoking extremism.

Security sources said the authorities also froze bank accounts of 162 banned organisations as part of a strategy to dry up funds used by terrorists.

The effort is part of a national anti-terror action plan approved unanimously by Pakistani political parties.

The sources added that security authorities put the banned organisations under surveillance to detect any suspected activities.