At least 54 people between 15 and 35 years who were chained in the basement of a madrasa, or Koranic school were released last night in an operation by security forces in southern Pakistan, a police source said to A to Z News Agency.
According to police inspector said Ehsanul Ahmed, aware of the details of the operation, the madrasa is located in the Afghan Basti district in the city of Karachi, where the chains are "taught Qur’anic principles but wanted to go."
The raid came shortly after midnight and ended with the arrest, among others, a reciter of the Quran identified as Usman, who at that time was in charge of the seminary in the absence of the principal, Mufti Daoud.
The children are now in police custody and will be returned to their families, the source said. According to official data, in Pakistan there are almost 16,000 registered Islamic schools , in addition to an undetermined number of centers in legal limbo. Three quarters of them are current and Deobandi stickler various study centers estimate that between 10 and 15 percent of madrasas promote jihadism.