Punjab law minister and chairman of cabinet committee for law and order Rana Sana Ullah disclosed on Wednesday that the government carried out surveillance of over 500 religious school (seminaries) but none of them was found involved in teaching extremism.

Addressing a meeting held here at Circuit House to review arrangements for Muharram, he added that no seminary of Punjab taught extremism and the surveillance results disclosed that these institutions taught only Quran and Hadith. He said that the clerics fully cooperated with the government during search operations and government was thankful to them.

He declared that no compromise would be made on implementation of amplifier act and all those violating this law or spreading hatred in the society would be brought behind the bars. He said that the misuse of loudspeaker, wall chalking and hate speeches were fatal for inter-sect harmony and all those violating laws would be dealt with iron hand. He declared that ban would be imposed on entry of Zakirs and Ulema famous for delivering hate speeches during Muharram. He said that the members of peace committees and public representatives would remain with the Muharram processions. He directed the district administration to certify the occupants of all properties located on the routes of processions.

He said that all hideouts of terrorists in the country and their training camps in Waziristan had been destroyed as the armed forces pushed the terrorists out of Pakistan. He pointed out that some international powers created hurdles in way of peace in the region but the Prime Minister unveiled the faces of these powers in his speech in the UN.

Speaking on this occasion, renowned cleric Maulana Hanif Jalindhri said that the Ulema from all sects were with the government for maintenance of peace. He pointed out that the powers behind Shia-Sunni strife in Middle East wanted to burn the same fire in Pakistan. “We all have to exhibit sense of responsibility in this situation. If we have any differences, we should confine them to the research and refrain from discussing them at public gatherings,“ he added.