ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) was today informed that at least 182 suspicious seminaries had been shut down by the Interior Ministry, across the country under National Action Plan (NAP).

The highest number of religious seminaries were closed, which was 167, including 72, for non-registration. Two seminaries were shut down in Punjab and 13 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), said a report on action taken under the NAP, presented by Minister of State Federal Education and Professional Training, Interior and Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman in the House.

The report said at least 190 Madaris (religious seminaries), including 30 in Balochistan,  147 in Punjab, six in Sindh and seven in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, were found to be receiving funds from foreign countries.

The ministry claimed to conclude checking of all seminaries in Punjab and the federal capital, besides 80 per cent in Sindh, 75 per cent in KP and 60 per cent in Balochistan.

The House was told that the ministry was updating a list of banned outfits’ operatives. More than 2,533 militants were arrested in the last two years while 726 terrorists were freed, it added.

In reply to a question, Minister of State Federal Education and Professional Training, Interior and Narcotics Control Balighur Rehman said 1,068 insurgents were apprehended in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 55 in Punjab, 897 in Sindh, 193 in Balochistan. 42 from Islamabad, 206 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and 72 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) during last two years.

The report stated that the ministry was compiling a list of banned organizations’ operatives, which would be provided to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), Passport and Immigration Authority, banks and other departments.

The development, it said, would help the law enforcement agencies to track funds transfer, location and other details required to nab the culprits. Moreover, it would also help to different departments stop insurgents from entering sensitive buildings.