Students appear for a pre-entry test. Pakistani private schools, charitable institutions, and religious seminaries are stepping in to supplement government-run schools in imparting education. Image Credit: Online

Karachi: Religious seminaries in the province of Sindh will now be registered by the government’s Education Department to formally recognise their academic services.

This decision was taken at a meeting of provincial Apex Committee of Sindh, chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The Apex Committee is the top-level body in the province to discuss security and law and order related issues. Its meetings are attended by Commander of the Corps-5 of Pakistan Army headquartered in Karachi, Director General of Sindh Rangers that is the top-level para-military force in the province, Inspector General of Sindh Police, Sindh chief secretary, relevant provincial ministers, senior government, and intelligence officials.

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The meeting was informed that the Sindh government would soon adopt a separate law for proper control and regulation of the religious seminaries, like the case of schools and colleges in the province.

The meeting decided to move forward in accordance with the guidelines provided by the federal government for reforms, improvement in curricula and monitoring of funding affairs of the religious seminaries in Sindh.

The meeting was also informed that a separate law was being enacted to expeditiously dispose of cases of street crime in Karachi. The Apex Committee decided to approach the High Court to designate some of the subordinate trial courts for disposal of the cases.

The meeting also discussed improvement of law and order situation of Karachi since a targeted operation was launched jointly by Sindh Rangers and Police in 2013.

The meeting was informed that there were 51 incidents of terrorism in 2013, against only six such incidents in 2020 in the city.

The meeting asked the Sindh Police to launch an operation against dealers in Karachi dealing in stolen cellular phones and motor vehicles.