Pakistan Crackdown Against
Militants Fizzles Out

By Kristen Hays Associated Press Writer

Islamabad (IANS) - Pakistan's much-publicized campaign against terrorist organisations, that had seen the arrest of over 2,000 people, has fizzled out, SADA news agency reported.
Most of those arrested have been released due to lack of evidence, sources said.
On Thursday itself, 16 detained activists of the Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were released from Bahawalpur, the sources said. Bahawalpur is the home town of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar.
The authorities had no evidence against these 16 activists that could substantiate their involvement in LeT and JeM activities, the sources said.
A total of 2,010 persons belonging to militant and fundamental organisations like LeT, JeM, Harkatul Mujahideen, Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), Tehrik-e-Jafferia Pakistan (TJP) and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) had been arrested till January 24, official figures show.
A total of 624 offices of these six organisations across the country had been sealed.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had on January 12 announced a ban on the six organisations and ordered the law enforcing agencies to arrest their leaders and cadres. The step followed increasing U.S. pressure on Musharraf to crackdown on militant and fundamental organisations as part of the global war against terrorism.
New Delhi blames the LeT and the JeM for the December 13 attack on the Indian Parliament. The attack escalated tensions between India and Pakistan and led to their biggest military mobilisastion in 30 years.
The following are the details of the activists arrested offices sealed of the six organisations:
Lashker-e-Taiba: 203 arrested and 187 offices sealed.
Jaish-e-Mohammad: 130 arrested and 181 offices sealed.
Harkatul Mujahideen: 4 arrested 7 offices sealed.
SSP: 1012 arrested and 161 offices sealed.
TJP: 434 arrested and 70 offices sealed.
TNSM: 207 arrested and 13 offices sealed.
Eighteen people were arrested and four offices of different organisations were sealed in Islamabad. Besides, two people were arrested in the "non-settled" areas of Balochistan and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).
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