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16 April 2024

Pakistan takes over Jamaat-ud-Dawa

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand guard while trucks are being parked  (AP)

Pakistan says it has formally taken control of the main operational facility of a charity allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks in India, underscoring its ongoing effort to ease international pressure over militancy on its soil.

The Muslim nation had already closed or taken over several offices, schools and other properties of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity and detained much of its central leadership. On Sunday, a newly appointed government administrator took over the 75-acre compound in the eastern city of Muridke in Punjab province where the group has conducted much of its business.

India says the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba staged the November attacks that killed 164 people. Soon after, the UN declared Jamaat-ud-Dawa was a front for Lashkar.