Islamabad : Pakistan has banned two militant groups linked with the Taliban and al-Qaeda for their involvement in several terror attacks across the country, reports PTI.

   Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, and Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al-Alami (LeJ) were banned after recent deadly attacks in Balochistan and Sindh provinces, including last week’s assault at a sufi shrine in Balochistan that killed over 50 people. A spokesman for the interior ministry said the decision to ban them was made only a few days ago, Dawn reported. Referring to a revised list of banned groups available on the website of the National Counter Terrorism Authority, a top official in Sindh’s security establishment said: “The two outfits were added to the list on November 11.”

 A security official said the government banned them once it became clear that they were not ready to shun violence. The LeJ, a Sunni terrorist outfit, has roots in Punjab province and has a history of carrying out sectarian attacks in Balochistan, particularly against the minority Shias.

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