Pakistan has started deporting the first of more than 14-hundred foreigners studying in Islamic seminaries -- a move by the Pakistani president to curb extremism.
Two Nepalese students, Ahmed Ali and Shabnum Shagufa, were studying at the religious school known as Jamia Naeemia in the eastern city of Lahore. They decided to return to Nepal after authorities warned that foreign students could be arrested if they did not leave by September.
President Pervez Musharraf announced on July 29th that foreign students studying in madrassas must leave the country. He has been under intense international pressure to protect madrassas from being training grounds for terrorists.
Madrassas came under the spotlight after one of the suspected London bombers was reported to have visited a Pakistani Madrassa before the July seventh terror attack.