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Legislative proposal ready for registration of religious seminaries

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Published: August 22, 2016 03:15 pm


ISLAMABAD: The Sindh Cabinet has approved the drafts of the Sindh Madaris Registration Bill, 2016 and the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Bill which would be presented in the provincial legislature for formal approval.

The meeting of Provincial Cabinet presided by the Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has given consent on both bills. However, it has been decided that a committee headed by the Chief Minister including law representatives will review the Sindh Madaris Registration Bill, 2016 to propose its recommendations within 15 days by including the concerns of stakeholders. Following consideration of recommendations, the bill will be presented to the Sindh Assembly for passage.

The Provincial Government headed by newly elected Chief Minister has showed great concern to implement the National Action Plan against terrorism. In this regard, registration of religious seminaries within the Sindh province remained the most debated topic during past various years. The Provincial Government of Sindh took up the matter of registration of seminaries at provincial and federal forums in past and termed it as the first step to cope with terrorism activities in the province. The draft law is step forward to ensure implementation on National Action Plan.

According to law enforcement agencies, there are approximately 32 percent non-registered seminaries functioning in Sindh province. The enforcement agencies identified as many as 48 madaris that have either evident links with banned organizations or unclear funding channels within and outside the country.

The draft Sindh Madaris Registration Bill, 2016 proposed to confine the activities of the religious seminaries so that they could only impart education without indulging into any unnecessary and unwarranted activities.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Cabinet also approved the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Bill that will be referred to concerned committee for further debate and improvements, as decided in the Cabinet meeting. In addition, modifications in the Sindh Arms Act and amendment in the voluntary social welfare agency ordinance were also approved by the Cabinet.

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