Crackdown on proscribed groups: Pakistan says 121 people detained in crackdown on banned groups, 182 madrasas taken over by the government

KR Report

 

Pakistan has taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as it intensifies its crackdown on banned militant organisations, PTI, quoting Pakistan’s interior ministry, reported on Thursday.

“Law enforcement agencies have taken 121 people under preventive detention as of today,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that religious schools, hospitals and ambulances were taken over.

The crackdown on proscribed groups followed after suicide attack on a CRPF convoy by a Jaish bomber in Kashmir on February 14 that left over 40 men of the force dead, brought India and Pakistan near a nuclear clash.

As a retaliatory measure, Indian Air Force jet fighters, last week, intruded into Pakistani territory and bombed an area where they said located a Jaish training camp. India media, quoting sources, said that 300 to 350 Jaish cadres and leaders were killed in the action.

Pakistan, however, said that the Indian jets bombed a forested area and there was no casualty.

Pakistan fighter planes retaliated by crossing the line of control in Rajouri and bombing an open area. The Pakistan also shot down two military planes and captured a pilot alive. He was released within 48 hours as “peace gesture” Pakistan.

The face-off had the potential of tossing the two countries into full-scale war. However, the intervention from the world community in general and the Us in particular averted the war for the time being.

 

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