Sindh to register madrassas as schools through education department
The Sindh government Monday announced that it has decided to register all madrasas in the province as educational institutions.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the apex committee of the provincial government, that met first time in 18 months under Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, in light of the National Action Plan and other related issues.
Briefing the meeting, the Sindh police chief said there were 8,195 religious schools in the province. The committee members subsequently decided that all religious schools in the province would be regularised as educational institutions by the Sindh Education and Literacy Department.
According to former Pakistan Madrasah Education Board chairman Dr Aamir Tuaseen, almost all madrasahs in Sindh are registered under Section 21 of the Societies Registration Act 1860, but hundreds of unregistered seminaries are also operating across the province.
In 2016, the Sindh Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had drafted a "Deeni Madaris Act". The draft was the first-ever proposed law on the registration of madrasahs in Pakistan. The proposed legislation was aimed at creating a formal mechanism for registering, regulating and facilitating religious seminaries in the province.
The madrasa regulation bill was one of the major components of the National Action Plan devised by the centre to counter religious extremism in the country.
Sindh had been the first province to start the process of registering madrasahs.
Separately, Advisor to the Chief Minister on Law Murtaza Wahab told the meeting participants that legislation to eliminate street crime was also being prepared in consultation with the Sindh High Court.
To this, the chief minister said that merely making laws was not enough, implementation was necessary as well.
The meeting participants also decided to appoint a separate judge to hear cases pertaining to street crimes.