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Punjab Govt takes over ‘JeM-run’ Madrassa, Masjid in Bahawalpur

LAHORE:  Punjab government has taken over the Madrassa and Masjid in Bahawalpur which was allegedly being used as the headquarters of the banned Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) organisation.

The action was taken under the National Action Plan against proscribed organizations. During the action to take over the seminary, no controversial material was found.

The move came a day after the National Security Committee (NSC) decided that efforts would be expedited to rout extremism from the society.

JeM had purportedly claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Indian security forces in the Indian-occupied Kashmir earlier this month, killing at least 44 paramilitary soldiers.

“The government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madrassatul Sabir and Jamia-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs,” said the Punjab Home Department’s spokesman in a statement.

The spokesman said that action was taken in line with the decision of the NSC meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to the spokesperson, currently, 600 students are studying at the campus, which has a faculty of 70 teachers. The Punjab police are providing security and protection to the campus, he added.

NSC also decided to ban Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) charities which India alleges are front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group which, according to New Delhi, had carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.