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Pakistan intensifies crackdown on Islamist militants

Pakistani security officials search a vehicle outside the National Stadium, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Authorities have taken strict security measures for the last leg of eight Pakistan Super League Twenty20 matches from next Saturday. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants on Thursday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained more than 100 people as part of its push against banned groups. The interior ministry said it was part of a long-planned drive, not a response to Indian anger over what New Delhi calls Islamabad’s failure to rein in militant groups operating on Pakistani soil. Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the Feb 14 attack that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police. (RTRS)

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