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Terror crackdown: Pakistan closes Jaish-e-Mohammad's madrassas

REUTERS
Published Jan 15, 2016, 3:26 pm IST
Updated Jan 15, 2016, 3:51 pm IST
The seminary has been sealed off and documents and literature have been confiscated from the premises.
The crackdown follows the arrest this week of several members of the terror group, including JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. (Photo: AFP)
 The crackdown follows the arrest this week of several members of the terror group, including JeM chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. (Photo: AFP)

Lahore: Pakistani authorities have shut down several religious schools run by the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror group after the oragnisation was named for masterminding the Pathankot attack.

The crackdown in Punjab province, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's power base and the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad, follows the arrest this week of several members of the group, including its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar.

 

"Officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department raided the Jamiatul Nur seminary in the Daska area on Thursday and arrested more than a dozen people," Rana Sanaullah, the law minister of the Punjab province where Jaish-e-Mohammad is headquartered, said.

"The seminary has been sealed off and documents and literature have been confiscated from the premises."

Sanaullah said several other offices and seminaries run by Jaish-e-Mohammad had also been raided and shut down, with many of its staff arrested. He declined to share further details.

 

In a TV interview on Thursday, Sanaullah confirmed that Azhar had been taken into "protective custody" and said legal action would be taken against him if his involvement in the Pathankot attack was proved "beyond doubt."

The January 2 attack on the base in Pathankot was followed by a raid on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan that has also been linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad.

India has demanded that Pakistan take action against the group and on Thursday announced that the two countries would reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries while the investigation into the air base attack was carried out.

 

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