Govt continues crackdown against banned outfits

Law enforcement agencies arrest multiple suspects


News Desk March 06, 2019
The action against the banned groups is being undertaken by the deputy commissioner. PHOTO: FILE

The federal government on Wednesday continued its crackdown against banned outfits in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, reported Express News.

Mosques, seminaries and a hospital were sealed by authorities as part of the ongoing crackdown. A Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) seminary has also been sealed.

Law enforcement agencies also continued raids and arrests of multiple suspects. The action is taking is in accordance with the National Action Plan (NAP).

The government in a major crackdown on Tuesday arrested 44 under-observation members of proscribed organisations, including some close relatives of Maulana Masood Azhar, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said.

Son of Masood Azhar among 44 arrested

Flanked by Interior Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman Khan at a news conference in the federal capital, the minister said the action had been taken under NAP that would continue for two weeks.

They said those detained by the authorities included Maulana Masood Azhar’s son, Hamad Azhar, and a close relative Mufti Abdul Rauf.

“We have launched a crackdown against proscribed organisations and have taken 44 individuals into custody, including Mufti Abdul Rauf and Hammad Azhar,” Afridi told reporters.

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