December 13th, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Police raid in Pakistan finds chained students at religious school

By Aliza Kassim, CNN

(CNN) - Police in Pakistan raided an Islamic religious school Monday and found 50 students chained to one another and being held in an underground room.

Video footage from the madrassa showed young men and boys - some appearing to be as young as 8 years old - with heavy chains connected to their ankles.

According to details reported by CNN affiliate GEO news, police conducted the raid at the Islamic school in SohrabGoth - a suburb of Gadap in Karachi - after sources told Gadap police officers of children kept in an underground dungeon.

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  1. Muneef

    Being religious;

    People with out those Religious things of beliefs which most atheists do not believe in and would like to eliminate in total will only drive people to become like Machines,(Robots). There will be nothing to look forward for or celebrate or believe in.. Such emptiness will deprive them from the sp-ice of life that we know of... Life to them will become as a unsalted,unsp-iced, unseasoned dish of food...!
    Such thought will only prove be beneficial for those who are enslaving people and seek to enslave people further more into depriving them from their existing Holidays and Celebrations... where life will become meaningless and nothing but Work and Work only breaking family ties and gatherings even further...!! There and then only GOD knows if we will still be allowed to have weekends breaks since they are as well religiously based as (Fridays for Muslims)...(Saturdays for Jews)...(Sundays for Christians).....!?!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Muneef

      With out religion people seems to end worshiping or rather glorifying men...such as that what has been in the news lately of those visiting glorifying Mosilini or the ex leaders of N.Korea or China...!? Many more ex leaders corpses would have been glorified more than GOD if it was not for the Religion and the the proper disposal of certain corpses had been taken place...!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  2. John


    December 14, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • .....

      TRASH ALERT – don't bother viewing this garbage, click the report abuse link to get rid of the pathetic TROLL!

      December 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  3. hippypoet

    all these people with hateful commetns towards islam....do any of you know that it was a christian priest who had the idea to use african slaves opposed to native americans...the idea arose when we white folks realized that we were running low on the natives! seriously, do some research!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Not Now John

      The large-scale slave trade in sub-Saharan Africans dates to about the 10th century and for the next 4-5 centuries was run by and for Arabs and North Africans. The Portuguese tapped into the trade in the mid 1400's. Yes European Christians bought into the system but it already existed when they did. Call it a Christian/Islam joint venture.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  4. Muneef

    That is not of the Islam we know of ...as it seems those groups have a different type of Islam chaining people!!! There is no where in any part of Quran or Sunnah where it says people or youth are to be chained...and kept in dungeons... Thisnis ignorance,arrogance and conspiracy done by ill hearted people in the name of religion when it is by no mean a part of religion...
    I have seen such cases only at remote poor areas when they have mentally sick youth or people who could be dangerous for others and can not afford to hospitalize are being kept chained like that but not in religious establishments,rather at places where fraud witch doctors who claim that those are possessed...!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      After watching the clip it was clear that there is lack of Gvt presence and proper republic in that country to take care of it's people and that locals are taking matters into their hands to fill the wide gap of Gvt presence that they are left with... No wonder now why many are taking into immigration out of that caveman country who went into developing it's weapons rather than developing it's people....
      Any way that was planed by the super power then when divided the Indian Penisular to weaken it keeping it in fear of each other and in hate to each other for bordering disputes such as Kashmir...

      December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
    • Kong George I

      "That is not of the Islam we know of ..." sounds like No True Scotsman to me.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Muneef

      King Kong.
      What was that supposed to mean?

      December 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Kong George I

      Use The Google if you don't know.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems my google been blocked some how...! If you supply me a link it would be easier if any thing of importance...

      December 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Reality


    • There was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • Muneef

      The Holy Prophet (SAW) Said: 

      1) Four things that make your body sick: 

      a) Excessive talking 
      b) Excessive sleeping 
      c) Excessive eating and 
      d) Excessive meeting other people 

      2) Four things that destroys the body: 

      a) Worrying 
      b) Sorrow (Sadness/Grief) 
      c) Hunger 
      d) Sleeping late in the night 

      3) Four things that dry the face & take away its happiness:
      a) Lying 
      b) Being disrespectful / impudent (insisting on something wrong knowingly) 
      c) Arguing without adequate knowledge & Information. 
      d) Excessive immorality (doing something wrong without fear). 

      4) Four things that increases the wetness of face & its happiness: 

      a) Piety 
      b) Loyalty 
      c) Generosity (being kind) 
      d) To be helpful to others without he/she asking for that. 

      5) Four things that stop the Rizq (Sustenance) : 

      a) Sleeping in the morning (from Fajr to sunrise) 
      b) Not Performing Namaz or Ir-regular in Prayers 
      c) Laziness / Idleness 
      d) Treachery / Dishonesty 

      6) Four things that bring / increase the Rizq: 

      a) Staying up in the night for prayers. 
      b) Excessive Repentance 
      c) Regular Charity 
      d) Zikr (Remembrance of Allah / God). 

      The Holy Prophet (SAW), Also said to communicate to others even if you listen One Verse (Ayaah) & this one verse will stand on the Day of Judgment for intercession

      December 14, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • Muneef


      Hi,see some one using your trade mark with a lowercase first letter ....!!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • muneef

      It wasn't him.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      Haha. 🙂
      I knew it was not him...but you know I think it is more decent to show some difference when using a screen name than using the exact look of it...

      December 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
    • Reality

      And the "Prophet" said:

      o "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51)

      "Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons...he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home..." (Surah 8:12-)

      "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

      "...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

      "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

      "It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

      "If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

      "Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

      "Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

      "Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

      "'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

      "Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

      "Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

      "Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)

      "Shall the reward of goodness be anything but good?...Dark-eyed virgins sheltered in their tents...They shall recline on green cushions and fine carpets...Blessed be the name of your Lord..." (Surah 55:52-66-)

      December 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well that is no secret and has it's reasons why was told...?

      December 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  6. krm1007

    INDIA: On a Goat and a Stick:

    The problem with India is that is built on a system of cultural and societal values based on Hinduism which is a cult. Nations built on a cult seldom survive in the long run. You can only take it so far based on symbolisms of a goat and a stick with a skinny little man aka gandhi banging boys at night and spinning wheels during daytime.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:36 am |
    • Muneef

      Ghandi was a great man...but ask who was holding the strings shaping the area as desired it to be scattered ...!

      They say; (The demeanour will be thrilled in finding out a mistake of his great rival).

      December 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  7. David Johnson

    All religions place a chain around the believers. Some on the foot, some on the mind.

    Religion should be abolished. No god, past or present, has ever been proven to be real. Mighty Zeus is just as real and just as powerful as the Christian god or the Muslim god.

    Telling me what god wants or what He said is senseless, until you prove that the wants and words were not pulled from someone's ... umm...imagination.

    I can tell you the wants of Isis. I can pray to her...and she will answer and not answer, at the same rate as the Christian god. I can feel warm and fuzzy and know Isis loves me. I can also do the same with the jar of pickles I have sitting on my counter. All it takes is belief and faith.

    I challenge you! Prove the Christian god exists and Isis does not. If this can't be done, then let's stop the silliness. Let's send the Christian god to wherever gods of the past go.


    December 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Father DelMonte

      Green Beans are the only True God!

      December 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Dave Dawson

      David..Do you really exist?

      December 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Dave Dawson

      You asked: "David..Do you really exist?"

      I think, therefore I am.

      But, this test puts the non-thinking sheep's existence in peril. OMG!


      December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  8. GSA

    @HotAirAce – you are correct, also there was a story on the treatment of the children at schools in certain colonies in BC. Not sure what kind of sect the ppl were but I believe it was some brand or Polygamists(sp?). Again there was instances of violence towards children. Sucks that it happens and I just wanted to shed light that it does happen in North America but def. not on a scale as large as in other countries.

    @Nonimus-sorry bud, i'm at work and have to look over my shoulder for the boss man so I didn't have time to find and cite the articles.
    On a side note-work around Christmas time is so relaxing, not much to do except surf the web on company time.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  9. Reality


    Watch the referenced YouTube for similar conditions at another Muslim school. This one in the Sudan.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Reality

      And just some of acts of terror and horror carried by the brainwashed students/followers of Islam:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,480 and 928 in non combat roles. 102,522 – 112,049 Iraqi civilians killed as of 9/16/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, land mines and bombs of various types, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,385 killed in action, 273 killed in non-combat situations as of 09/15/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      23) "October 4, 2011, 100 die as a truck loaded with drums of fuel exploded Tuesday at the gate of compound housing several government ministries on a busy Mogadishu street. It was the deadliest single bombing carried out by the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group in Somalia since their insurgency began. "

      December 14, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  10. BG

    If this happened in a Christian school there would be a thousand posts already. By tomorrow, 3,000.


    December 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bo

      Do you mean: 300,000,000,000. I would think the whole country +

      December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • Bu

      They would hush it up and the media would not run it except as a tiny paragraph on page 23 in real newspapers.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Bee

      Let's be realistic, it's only 3,000 in 3 minutes after it's publish.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  11. krm1007

    India poses a clear and present danger to the regional security of the world. ...to USA...NATO...Pakistan and Afghanistan people and armed forces. Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda and harboring them in India. These terrorists are being entertained in the Indian parliament building in New Delhi where they are residing and then smuggle dover to Pakistan in Indian Army helicopters. Shame on these Indians. Like the NAZI's they need to be stopped forcefully and immediately. If it takes bombing lets bomb India, if it takes Drones...lets drone New Delhi

    December 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Patel

      You are nothing but a liar. Pakistan is the threat to India. India could wipe out Pakistan at any time but does not because it is peaceful. Pakistan is run by corrupt Islamic extremists who cannot find their asses with their own hands and feet.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  12. Just a random thought

    Isn't the indoctrination of any child the same as metaphorically chaining that child. I suppose all cultures indoctrinate their young, but isn't it time to move along, up the ladder of evolution ?

    December 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Bo

      Do you feel that you have been a"victum" of some kind of indoctrination? Of course you have, your post clearly shows it! You want to keep moving up "the ladder of evolution" what ever that may mean. Do you think that by a change in indoctrination you might grow a set of wings or something? What do you mean by "the ladder of evolution"? Is that suppose to sound sophisticated?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Just a random thought

      No. Wrong. It's NOT supposeD to sound sophisticated. I am NOT a victim of anything. Why bother ? This board is for morons. Later, loosers.

      December 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  13. Ungodly Discipline

    String 'em by their nads! (the grown up fundies)

    December 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • kahyah

      i agree with this the support of the adults in the community are to afraid to help.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  14. GSA

    There were issues similar to this in Canada and i'm positive it's been happening in the US as well. It doesn't make for good tv though to show your own publicly funded schools committing atrocious acts so it gets swept under the rug. I feel bad for these kids, the adults in the community have to step up.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:52 am |
    • Nonimus

      "There were issues similar to this in Canada and i'm positive it's been happening in the US as well. It doesn't make for good tv though to show your own publicly funded schools committing atrocious acts so it gets swept under the rug."
      Where's your evidence? Citation? Anything?

      December 13, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • HotAirAce

      GSA might be referring to the RCC and the Mount Cashel Orphanage scandal that became public in the late '80s.

      December 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  15. William Demuth


    Christians becoming self righteous!

    I suggest you research what your fellow cult members did in Irish orphanages for DECADES.

    Whatever the cult, it is ALWAYS the children who suffer.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • HypocrAtheists

      As what I've said in my previous post, atheist will not matter of topics, they'll bash Christians in any article, anytime, anywhere. Because it's the only reason why they exist!

      December 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  16. Bo

    WHY?, is the big question here. Why are these kids being abused. Is this suppose to be a 'boarding' school? How could the parents not be aware of what was going on? (Kids talk.) Are the rules and regulations so rigorous and strict that the kids can't comply? How did the authorities find out what was happening? Does this sort of thing happen a lot? Is this just an embarrassment to the community and country? Why is this article so brief? Will we ever find out more? Could this sort of thing be happening in the U.S. and other countries but it just hasn't found out yet? Questions, questions and more questions.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  17. Don Keeballs

    happy holidays

    December 13, 2011 at 9:10 am |


    December 13, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  19. John Richardson

    Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of such "schools".

    December 13, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • Mirosal

      I wouldn't count on that too much. This one was found, who knows how many others there are hidden in ssecret places?

      December 13, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • Arun John Singh

      This is the true face of the (Madersa) an Islamic seminary in today's world.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:38 am |
    • reality

      Unless there is any alternative for poor children these Madarsa will continue to run on Saudi money.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  20. Mirosal

    See how well 'religious' education treats the students?

    December 13, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Mr. Hat

      That's not true. I had to go to a Catholic school for about 8 years and we never got this sort of treatment.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
    • reality

      Mr.Hat you can not talk about all the catholic schools in the world.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
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