Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  
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Foreign students ordered out of Pak madrasas

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that foreign students attending Islamic religious colleges in the country would be ordered to leave as part of a crackdown on militant groups.

"They must leave. We will not issue visas to such people," he said in a meeting with Islamabad-based foreign media.

The government estimates there are 1,400 foreigners studying at religious schools -- known as madrasas.

Pakistani security forces have detained hundreds of suspected militants and Islamist clerics after a crackdown launched after the July 7 London bombings.

Pakistan's latest crackdown came after revelations that three of the four suspected bombers in London were Britons of Pakistan descent and at least two of them had visited Pakistan recently.

Asked how long the ongoing crackdown on militants would last, Musharraf said this was an ongoing process.

He said police had been ordered to catch leaders of banned organisations.