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Sindh cabinet approves new ‘Madrassah Registration Bill’

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KARACHI: Recently elected members of the Sindh cabinet in a meeting on Saturday gave a go-ahead for tabling a bill in the Sindh Assembly pertaining to the registration of religious seminaries in the province under an entirely new process.

The cabinet meeting, led by provincial chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah approved the new ‘Madrassah Registration Bill’, which would now be presented before the Sindh Assembly in the next 15 days.

The proposed bill aimed at confining the activities of the religious seminaries to imparting education only without indulging into other uncalled for activities.

Speaking on this occasion, the provincial chief minister said that the Sindh government would provide all the assistance and support to the religious schools in the province needed for that matter, anticipating the same from their side.

The ‘Madrassah Registration Bill’ tends to completely change the face of the existing registration law that seeks previously registered seminaries to go through the process once again.

It was also decided in the meeting that across the Sindh, imams, preachers and management of madrassahs and mosques would also go through a registration process pertaining to the new bill if approved by the Sindh Assembly.

As per the new law, the provincial interior and religious affairs ministries would conduct registration of religious seminaries.

In order to establish new madrassahs and mosques in the province, Sindh Building Control Authority’s non-objection certificates would be required along with official authorisation letters by the Sindh interior ministry and concerned district deputy commissioners.

Meanwhile, the Sindh government is also preparing to table another law in the provincial assembly that calls for adopting ‘one’ Friday sermon practice.

Referring to the National Action Plan, Shah said the full implementation of the plan was the prime responsibility of the government and law enforcement agencies.

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