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Most Afghan Taliban study in Balochistan madrassas: minister

Most Afghan Taliban study in Balochistan madrassas: minister

Feb 27, 2017 - 09:38

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Interior minister of Pakistaninfo-icon’s Baluchistan province has acknowledged thousands of the Afghan Talibaninfo-icon were studying in different madrassas in the province, a media report said on Monday.

“There are many seminaries where Afghan Taliban are studying, and many are owned by the Afghan Taliban group,” Sarfaraz Bugti told VOA’s Deewa Afghan service.

The report claimed that Pakistan had more than 30,000 madressahs, most of them legal, and adhering strictly to religious teaching. But thousands of them were not registered with the government and these were the “teaching grounds and recruiting points for militants and Taliban”.

According to the report, much of the militant activity was centred in Balochistan, where 5,500 madressahs operate as boarding schools.

“Many of them are kept from government scrutiny and are breeding points for terror,” the report claimed.

Sediq Seddiqi, a spokesperson for the Afghan Mini­stry of Interior, told VOA that last month’s terrorist attack in Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats was planned in Mawlawi Ahmad Madressah in Chaman.

The report also included statistics provided by the Balochistan government, estimating that more than 5,000 Afghans were studying at madressahs in the province. The Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullahinfo-icon Haibatullah, reportedly operated a seminary in Kuchlak, Quetta, the report added.

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