The federal capital Islamabad has a total of 153 Madressahs (seminaries) but all of them are `unauthorised` and have been built without approval of the government, it has been learnt.
“There are 153 madressahs in Islamabad and they all are unauthorised as no permission was got for their construction from the civic body CDA,” said Capital Development Authority director general (planning) Sarwar Sindu.
The official said each mosque in the city had a madressah despite the fact that there was no provision for building a seminary in any mosque.
Under the fresh survey jointly conducted by the CDA and local administration/police; 56 mosques and the 153 seminaries have been found `unauthorised`. But the government seems helpless in taking action against them, said sources in the local administration.
“The survey was conducted on the directives of Interior Ministry to ascertain the number of unauthorised Muslim worship places and seminaries,” said Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed.