The classes are a religious obligation for Sikhs, but also promote peace and religious harmony, observers say.

The government is currently collecting statistics on the number of mosques and imams in the province.

The holy month is expected to start September 21.

Authorities are trying to cut off unwitting charitable donations to extremist groups.

More than 30 scholars unanimously agreed that suicide bombings and all acts of terrorism are haram.

Under the National Action Plan (NAP), the provincial government closed down 2,311 seminaries for 'suspicious activities'.

Leaders called for the 'strict adherence to Islamic ideology, which preaches love, brotherhood, harmony, mutual co-existence and non-violence'.

The imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah addressed a gathering in Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Security forces have arrested a number of elements in Karachi accused of attacking the Shia and Sunni communities.

Security improvements have encouraged Pakistani Christians, Hindus and Sikhs to celebrate such events.