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Pakistan says it has taken control of terror group Jaish's HQ in Bahawalpur

Pakistan on Thursday also banned the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

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Succumbing to intense pressure to rein in militant groups operating from its soil, the government on Friday took over the administrative control of the headquarters of (JeM), the terror outfit which claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel in

The move came a day after the powerful comprising 15 nations, including Pakistan's key ally China, named in a statement condemning in the "strongest terms" the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based in and stressed on the need to hold organisers and financiers of such "reprehensible acts" accountable and bring them to justice.

"The has taken over the control of the headquarters in Bahawalpur," Pakistan's Information Minister told PTI.

"The government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah

in Bahawalpur...and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs," the minister added.

Bahawalpur is 400 km from Lahore.

A statement issued by the also said the crackdown on Jaish "has been taken in line with the decision of the meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan".

The Islamic seminaries in the campus has a faculty of 70 teachers and currently 600 students were studying in it, the statement said, adding that Punjab police is providing security and protection to the campus.

on Thursday also banned the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.

Earlier, the two outfits were kept on the watchlist of the

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It has been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.

First Published: Fri, February 22 2019. 20:55 IST