Pakistan cracks down on extremist groups, but is it for real this time?… Pakistan is an extremist group

Mohammad Rafi is certain who is to blame for his school being taken under government control and his organisation banned. His sprawling Hudaibiah education complex three weeks ago became one of nearly 300 seminaries, schools, hospitals and dispensaries taken over for links to outlawed groups.

“It’s propaganda. Indian and US propaganda. Two or three times this has happened to us and then we go to court,” the school principal predicted confidently last week.

The school principal has for 17 years been a member of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) which operates an estimated 300 madrassahs as well as a fleet of ambulances.