The crackdown in Punjab province, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's power base and the headquarters of Jaish-e-Mohammad, follows the arrest this week of several members of the militant group, including its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar, an Islamist hardliner and long-time foe of India.
Pakistan said that it was clamping down on Azhar's group, which India had long accused Pakistani authorities of tolerating, while it investigates Indian assertions that the Jan. 2 attack on the Pathankot air base was the work of the Pakistan-based militants.
"Officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department raided the Jamiatul Nur seminary in the Daska area yesterday and arrested more than a dozen people," Rana Sanaullah, the law minister of the Punjab province where Jaish-e-Mohammad is headquartered, a news agency reported. "The seminary was sealed off and documents and literature was confiscated from the premises."
Sanaullah said that the several other offices and seminaries run by Jaish-e-Mohammad had also been raided and shut down, with many of its staff arrested. He declined to share further details.

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