Pakistan govt takes control of Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Bahawalpur headquarters

New Delhi, Feb 22: Pakistan interior ministry on Friday announced that the Punjab government has taken administrative control of a mosque-and-seminary complex in Bahawalpur, which is said to be the headquarters of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. The Pakistan-based terror group has claimed responsibility for the recent Pulwama terror attack which killed over 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan's Information Department confirmed the takeover of the madrasa on its official website as well as tweeted it.

"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," a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said according to the release.

He said the action was taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee meeting held a day earlier under the chairperson of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The campus has a faculty of 70 teachers and currently 600 students are studying there, he said, adding that the Punjab police are providing security and protection to the campus.

(With inputs from agencies)