BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan [G-B] government has decided to audit financial matters of seminaries operating in the region.
The decision was taken in a high level meeting to implement in letter and spirit the national action plan [NAP] devised to root out terrorism from the country, an insider privy to the development said on Saturday.
“There are 162 registered Madrasahs in the region, receiving financial assistance from various sources over the years,” said the source requesting anonymity.
“Accounts of all those seminaries will be audited to make sure funding isn’t spent in wrong activities.”
The security agencies meanwhile have listed at least 50 clerics as ‘threat to region’s peace’. “The government is mulling putting those clerics under schedule 4,” said another official, referring to a high-level meeting that took the decision.
In addition, the government has also decided to issue notices to clerics involved in hateful speeches. According to officials, there are certain clerics who have recently been found delivering speeches especially during Friday sermons which could escalate sectarian hatred among the masses. “If the clerics don’t refrain from making similar speeches in future, they would be tried under NAP.”