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Pakistan Shuts Down Religious Schools, Detains Top Militant Over India Attack


Pakistani authorities say they have shut down several religious schools run by the extremist Jaish-e-Mohammed group.

They also said on January 15 that more than a dozen people were arrested in a police raid on a mosque and seminary near the city of Daska.

The closures follow arrests this week of several members of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed group, including its leader, Maulana Masood Azhar.

India says the group was behind a January 2 attack against its Pathankot air base, close to the Pakistani border. Seven Indian soldiers and all six attackers were killed in the assault.

After the attack, India and Pakistan postponed talks scheduled for January 15.

Islamabad said it would take action against Azhar's group, which is based in Punjab Province.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and the BBC
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