LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that “not a single madrassah (seminary) in Pakistan's most populous province was reported to have any links with militancy.”

Addressing a press conference at Punjab Assembly Cafeteria today, Sanaullah said “geo-tagging of 13,787 seminaries had been completed” where about a million students were acquiring religious education.

The provincial law minister and Pakistan Muslim League – N stalwart went on to say that law enforcement agencies had completed search operations in hostels and universities, following a “zero tolerance policy against terrorism.”

The announcement by the senior provincial minister comes just a day after Federal Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan in a press conference said “not all seminaries were breeding grounds for terrorism,” adding that most seminaries in the country were “patriotic and had been a target themselves.”

While laying out an elaborate progress report on the National Action Plan (NAP), Nisar had said terrorism in the country came down by 70 per cent and that fighting and cracking down religious, sectarian terrorist outfits would be a top priority in the next few months, with special focus on targeting those who “glorify terrorists.”

In his report to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the interior minister highlighted the fact that for the first time, a uniform and clear list of banned organizations had been prepared. This would make it easier for law enforcement agencies to identify such proscribed organizations and battle their criminal activities.

Sanaullah said foolproof security measures have been adopted for the Punjab Assembly session that will begin Wednesday, following militant threats of an attack on the PA building.