Pak raids madrassas

LAHORE: Pakistani police have raided and shut down two religious schools linked to an Islamist group believed to be behind a fatal attack on an Indian air base earlier this month. Punjab provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told AFP that a madrassa, or religious school, affiliated to Jaish-e-Mohammad was raided and sealed off on Thursday, while a second one had already been shut down at the weekend. “Islamic literature was also recovered from these madrassas, investigations are on going,” he said, adding that a dozen suspects had been detained and are being questioned by police. A spokesman for the counter-terrorism department in Punjab confirmed both the raids and detentions. In a brief media statement, the spokesman said one of the schools, in a village in Punjab’s Sialkot district, was suspected of ties including financial links to the banned organisation.