Seminary Arrests in Pakistan

* Pakistani security forces have arrested Haroon Rashid Aswad, a British Muslim believed to be wanted in connection with the July 7 London bombings. *

Pakistan is clamping down on their “religious students”. In the last 24 hours police detained 39 students and clerics belonging to banned organisations in the restive southern city of Karachi. Another 39 were detained in the northwestern city of Peshawar, 30 in the southwestern city of Quetta and 30 in the central city of Multan and some other cities in Punjab province.

The photo on the right (Reuters) shows a Muslim Cleric being escorted out of a modrasa in Pakistan. Students today in Islamabad protested the arrest of their school clerics.


General Pervez Musharraf ordered arrests in a countrywide swoop of suspected militants this week.

Two of the London bombers – Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30 and Shehzad Tanweer, 22 -are believed to have visited Lahore and Faisalabad after flying into Karachi airport together last November. They returned to Britain in February.

Bangladash also arrested 11 suspected militants at a make shift camp on Tuesday.

During the raid the police seized some documents of Islamic militancy that include diaries containing notes on modern arms and explosives training, and slogans and songs of Islamic revolution, mostly against the United States.

And, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke out today. He said some madrasas, or Islamic religious schools, were training camps for hate in statements today.

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