Over 30 members of banned radical groups arrested in Pak

The PML-N-led government in Punjab ordered the crackdown on banned groups.

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.