By Hugh Tomlinson and Zia Ur Rehman

August 27, 2019

In the days before Imran Khan set off to meet President Trump at the White House, the Pakistani government launched an eye-catching crackdown on Islamist groups and terror financing at home.

Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and a man living freely in Pakistan despite the $10 million bounty on his head, was placed under house arrest. Islamist charities linked to Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group, were shut down.

To underpin the headline-grabbing arrest of Saeed, the Pakistani military announced an even more sweeping reform. Pakistan’s 30,000 madrassas, or Islamic religious schools, were to be brought under state control.

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