Pakistan's federal minister for religious affairs Ejaz ul Haq says any madrassa or Islamic seminary that does not register with the government by December 31st will be closed. He made the announcement as he told reporters that the presidential ordinance in this regard is almost ready and will be issued before the end of this week. President Pervez Musharraf has also banned foreigners from Pakistan's 12,000 madrassas and all 1,400 foreigners now studying in them will have to leave by December 31st. Last month, General Musharraf called on people to wage a holy war against preachers of hate and announced steps to curb militant Islamic schools and groups. He said he is for moderate and modern Islam. Tuesday, authorities in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, banned three magazines after accusing them of publishing materials that incite religious hatred. The three right-wing magazines are "Friday Special", "Wajood' and "Zarb-e-Islam."