Pakistan has shut down several religious schools run by the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, Punjab province's law minister has said.
Fourteen people were arrested in a police raid on a mosque and
seminary near the city of Daska, officials said.
The closures follow arrests this week of several members of the
group, which India says was behind the recent assault on the
Pathankot air base.
Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar is among those being
Seven Indian soldiers and six militants were killed in the gun
battle at Pathankot, which lasted four days when heavily-armed gunmen
entered the base dressed in Indian army uniforms.
The attack came days after the Indian and Pakistani leaders,
Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif, met in Lahore to launch a surprise
Pakistan in the aftermath of the attack said that it would take
action against Mr Azhar's group whose headquarters are in Punjab
India has repeatedly accused the government of Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif of providing militants with a sanctuary.
"Officials of the Counter-Terrorism Department raided the
Jamiatul Nur seminary in the Daska area on Thursday and arrested more
than a dozen people," Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told
the Reuters news agency.
"The seminary has been sealed off and documents and
literature have been confiscated from the premises."
Mr Sanaullah said other offices and seminaries administered by
Jaish-e-Mohammad were also raided and closed, in addition to numerous
The law minister in a TV interview on Thursday said that Mr Azhar
had been taken into "protective custody" prior to a
decision being taken as to whether he should face legal action for
his involvement in the Pathankot attack.
He said such a move would only be taken if it were proved "beyond
There has been no response so far from Jaish-e-Mohammad to the
India on Thursday announced that it would re-schedule diplomatic
talks with Pakistan which were postponed after the Pathankot attack.
It is not clear if any action has been taken by Pakistan against
Jaish-e-Mohammad's two major seminaries in Bahawalpur, which many say
serve as the group's headquarters.
Started by Muslim cleric Maulana Masood Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammed
has been blamed for attacks on Indian soil in the past, including one
in 2001 on the parliament in Delhi which took the nuclear-armed
rivals to the brink of war.