ISLAMABAD, 29th January 2016 (WAM) — Pakistani security authorities have shut down 182 madrassas- or religious schools- across the country for being involved in stoking extremism.

Security sources said the authorities also froze bank accounts of 162 banned organisations as part of a strategy to dry up funds used by terrorists.

The effort is part of a national anti-terror action plan approved unanimously by Pakistani political parties in December 2014.

The sources added that security authorities put the banned organisations under surveillance to detect any suspected activities.

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