Islamabad: The Pakistan government has claimed to have taken over the control of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) headquarters in Bahawalpur amid pressure to act against the perpetrators of the dastardly Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.
The action comes eight days after the 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in Pulwama after a JeM ultra Adil Ahmad Dar rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus in the convoy of the security forces.
The official Twitter account of Pakistan government revealed that the action was decided at the National Security Committee meeting that was held on Thursday under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The Government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur,” Govt of Pakistan tweeted quoting a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior.
In another tweet, he was quoted as saying, “the action was taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee meeting held yesterday under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.”
In a press statement, the spokesperson reportedly revealed that the campus has a faculty of 70 teachers and currently 600 students were studying in it. Appropriate security has been deployed at the campus, he added.
In crackdown against terrorism, Pakistan NSC on Thursday ordered acceleration of anti-terrorism operations and reinstated a ban on Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.
“It was decided during the meeting to accelerate action against proscribed organisations,” the spokesperson had said in a statement.
India has been pushing Pakistan to bring to justice the planners of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed is the co-founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was responsible for the attack in which 166 people were killed.
Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and the UN after the 2008 Mumbai attack and was put under house arrest in November 2008 but freed by a court some months later. He carries a USD 10 million American bounty on his head for his role in terror activities.