Ar­rests show gov­ern­ment’s strug­gle to curb ex­trem­ism

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IS­LAM­ABAD | Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day they have ar­rested 22 peo­ple in­volved in the lynch­ing of a univer­sity stu­dent who was ac­cused of blas­phemy and de­tained a teenage woman who had been re­cruited by the Is­lamic State group for a foiled at­tack on a church.

Word of the ar­rests came as U.S. Pres­i­dent Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser ar­rived for talks on com­bat­ting mil­i­tants in South Asia, high­light­ing Pak­istan’s strug­gle with Is­lamic ex­trem­ism.

The 16 stu­dents and six univer­sity em­ploy­ees are be­lieved to have in­cited or taken part in the mob that killed 23-year-old Mo­ham­mad Mashal Khan.

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