Pakistan on Sunday formally took control of the main operational facility of a charity popular with most Pakistanis for its relief work.
Khakan Babar, recently appointed by the government of Pakistan's Punjab province as the chief administrator, took over the Jamaat-ud-Dawa's Markaz-e-Taiba headquarters at Muridke, about 30 kms from Lahore.
Babar, his eight-member staff and about a dozen policemen will be housed in the Markaz-e-Taiba complex that includes a school, a college and a hospital.
A spokesman for the Markaz-e-Taiba described the appointment of the administrator as a "takeover" done under international pressure.
Charity chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and several other top leaders of the group are currently under house arrest. Their detention was recently extended for two more months.
India accused Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity of being allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks.
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