Over 30 members of banned radical groups arrested in Pak
Islamabad: Over 30 members of banned radical and militant groups have been arrested by police during a continuing crackdown across Punjab, Pakistan`s most populous province, in the wake of a suicide attack on a
revered shrine in Lahore.
Six persons were arrested for alleged links with banned groups in Rawalpindi and nearby towns, officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
There were also reports of some people distributing hate material among public in this region.
A total of 21 suspects were arrested in Toba Tek Singh district and 11 were booked under the provisions of the Maintenance of Public Order law and sent to the district jail, officials said.
The other 10 suspects were being detained at different police stations. Six suspects were arrested in Muzaffargarh district for alleged links to banned organisations.
Those arrested include two former members of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, a notorious anti-Shia organisation.
Sub-Divisional Police Officer Riaz Husain said the crackdown will continue in Muzaffargarh.
The PML-N-led government in Punjab ordered the crackdown on the banned groups, including those that had become active under new names, in the wake of a devastating suicide attack on the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore that killed 45 people.
Senior security officials said the radical and militant organisations had scaled down their operations and closed most of their offices after the government banned them in the past.=
Some elements also went underground after Punjab government began the recent action against their front organisations operating with new names.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Outrage over Tanmay Bhatt's video mocking Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar
- VHP's women wing Durga Vahini gives arms training to children!
- Heavy rain disrupts flight operations in Delhi
- MP: Liquor mafia attacks police, journalists with weapons
- Attack on African nationals: Gen VK Singh slammed for his statement
- Sensex shows traction, up 117 on monsoon update, strong Q4
- High-speed Spanish Talgo train begins trial run, to be introduced on Delhi-Mumbai route
- Want to improve your sex life? Ditch tampons for menstrual cups!
- Batla House encounter: BJP protests outside Sonia Gandhi's residence
- 'FIR' actor Suresh Chatwal no more, co-star Kavita Kaushik expresses grief