Pakistan police close down JeM religious schools

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The Pakistan police have closed down religious schools run by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, which has been accused of carrying out Pathankot attack, according to Pakistan provincial law minister on 15 January.

According to Reuters, the crackdown in Punjab province, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s base and the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad, follows the arrest this week of a dozen members of the militant group, including its chief Maulana Masood Azhar, a long-time foe of India.

“The counter-terrorism department officers raided the Jamiatul Nur seminary in Daska area and more than 12 persons were arrested,” said Punjab province law minister Rana Sanaullah. “The seminary has been sealed and important documents have been confiscated,” he added.

India has demanded that Pakistan take action against the group and said that the two countries would reschedule talks between their foreign secretaries, while the probe into the air base attack was on.

In a TV interview, Sanaullah confirmed Azhar was taken into “protective custody” and said legal action would be taken against him if his involvement in the Pathankot attack was proved beyond doubt.
India has demanded that Pakistan take action against the JeM.

The militant group is also blamed for a 2001 attack on India’s Parliament that nearly led to a war between the nuclear-armed rivals.