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Pakistan acts against top terror group

February 24, 2019

The government of Pakistan is under intense international pressure to control terror groups operating from its soil after the attack on a convoy of Indian soldiers that left 40 dead. In a major step, the government took over the administrative control of the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

JeM is the group that claimed claimed responsibility for the Pulwama suicide attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir.

The step came after the powerful UN Security Council which is made up of 15 countries, including Pakistan's key ally China, named JeM in a statement condemning the "heinous and cowardly" terror attack. It also called upon the need to hold organisers and financiers of such "reprehensible acts" accountable and bring them to justice.

The Punjab government has taken over the control of the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur. 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. - Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan Information Minister

The Pakistan Interior Ministry added that the crackdown on Jaish "has been taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan".

The campus has 70 teachers and 600 students studying in it. Pakistan has also banned the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his organization Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

In the meantime, United States President Donald Trump said that the situation between India and Pakistan is "very dangerous" after the attack."Right now between Pakistan and India, there is a very, very bad situation. A very dangerous situation. We would like to see it (hostilities) stop. A lot of people were just killed. We want to see it just stop. We are very much involved in that (process)", Trump told reporters.

He also said, "India is looking at something very strong. India just lost almost 50 people in the attack. I can understand that too". Trump added that his administration was talking to authorities in both countries.

The terror attack, the worst on security forces in the Kashmir Valley in 10 years, has led to an escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan. The Pakistan army has warned India against any "misadventure", saying it was capable of responding.

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