MULTAN

The law enforcement agencies continued its search operation in various madrasas for the third consecutive day in different areas of South Punjab on Friday.

The LEAs took about two dozen suspicious persons into custody during the operation. Special teams comprising officials from the police and other law enforcement agencies raided seminaries in Multan, Khanewal, Kabirwala, Tulumba, Vehari, Mailsi, Mian Channu, Burewala, Duniyapur, Qasba Gujrat and other adjoining areas and arrested over two dozen suspicious persons.

The cops checked identity documents of all students and persons residing in the religious institutions and took those into custody who either had no identity proof or their documents were suspicious. Similarly, biometric verification machines were also used to verify citizenship of students from Nadra record.

Meanwhile, Wifaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia Secretary General Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri has strongly protested against the ongoing operation and said that it was violation of agreement between the government and the Wifaq. He demanded the government to stop the operation immediately. He appealed to the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to take notice of crackdown on seminaries, harassment of students and teaching staff in Punjab. He said that the government was violating all the agreements signed between the Wifaq-ul-Madaris and the Government. He said that no objectionable material or weapons were recovered from any seminary which confirmed that the propaganda against seminaries was no more than lies.

NEXT PHASE OF METRO BUS PROJECT: A top official disclosed on Friday that the Multan Metro Bus Project is entering into next phase as the process to place girders on pillars will begin in next two days.

The Chief Engineer of the Project, Sabir Khan Sadozai told journalists that launching of the girders would begin in Vehari Chowk section. He said that the preparation of girders was underway and so far 89 girders had been constructed. He said that the flyover would be completed in first phase and then the roof and road would be constructed. He said that the girders were being constructed in a plant installed outside city area and each girder weighed 105 tonne. He told the journalists that special trailer was brought for shipping these girders while a special crane had also been arranged for lifting these heavy structures. He said that 1100 girders would be constructed for the project.