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Indian Muslims burn posters of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, center, and Jaish-e-Mohammed leader Masood Azhar, during a protest in Mumbai, India, Feb. 15, 2019 (AP photo by Rajanish Kakade).

Is Pakistan Finally Getting Serious About Cracking Down on Violent Extremists?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pakistani authorities announced last week that they had arrested 44 people affiliated with violent extremist groups. Among those taken into custody, according to Pakistan’s interior minister, were two relatives of the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attack in Kashmir last month that killed 40 members of India’s security forces. But it is too early to know whether this means Islamabad is finally taking meaningful steps to crack down on the militant organizations it has long harbored, cautions Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. In an interview with WPR, he explains the true motives behind last week’s crackdown.

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