Islamabad, Feb 22 : Pakistan interior ministry on Friday announced that the Punjab government has taken over the control of all Islamic seminaries run in Bahawalpur, the headquarters of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
The terror outfit is headed by Masood Azhar, who was set free by the Indian government in 1999 after the Hijack of Air India plane.
According to a spokesperson from the ministry quoted by the Dawn: “The Government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad, and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs.”
JeM had earlier claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in south Kashmir’s Pulwama.
India has warned Pakistan to stop supporting terror organisations such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and other Islamist groups that operate from its soil.
The campus has a 70-strong faculty and 600 students enrolled.
“The government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur, reportedly the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad and appointed an administrator to manage its affairs,” said the spokesperson for the interior ministry in a statement.
Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), a terror group which has purportedly claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Indian security forces in the Indian-occupied Kashmir earlier this month.
The move came a day after a crucial huddle of the National Security Committee (NSC) in Islamabad, where it was decided that efforts would be expedited to rout extremism from the society.
Masood Azhar also orchestrated Pathankot attack as well.