Masood Azhar's brother among 44 arrested in Pakistan crackdown

Masood Azhar the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed addresses a press conference in Karachi

Masood Azhar the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed addresses a press conference in Karachi

Interestingly, this statement comes days after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi admitted that the terror outfit's chief Maulana Masood Azhar is present in the country.

India has also chose to share the evidence related to the use of F-16 fighter jets with the USA to emphasise that the neighbouring country is misusing assets it may have acquired under the "fight against terrorism" banner in 2008.

"We won't allow the use of our soil against any country", said Afridi, stressing on the fact that none of the actions were taken under any kind of pressure and that it was Pakistan's own initiative to take these measures.

According to sources, the government is also considering to take Masood Azhar into preventive custody, however a final decision in this regard will be taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

JuD is another group which India alleges was involved in anti-India activities, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack.


"We do not want Pakistan to pretend that they are taking steps, rather we want credible and verifiable action against terrorists and terrorist groups", sources said.

India is also learnt to have shared the evidence with the Defence Attache at the U.S. embassy in Delhi and sources said it is for the USA to investigate into any violation by Pakistan of the sale terms concerning use of F-16 aircraft. UN-listed terror group JeM has claimed responsibility for the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel.

Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Jaish boss Masood Azhar and Hammad Azhar are among those arrested during the crackdown, Pakistan interior minister Shehryar Khan Afridi told reporters, adding the action would be taken against all the proscribed organisations.

Speaking to a western media outlet, Ghafoor said, "First of all that claim has not been made from within Pakistan because Jaish-e-Mohammed does not exist in Pakistan".

Responding to a question, the interior secretary acknowledged that some of the people, who had been taken into custody, under the preventive detention were named in a dossier on the recent Pulwama attack handed to Pakistan by India.


Jaish chief's brother Rauf is among 44 members that have been detained by the Pakistan government.

Pakistan's foreign ministry announced a new order on Monday to update existing laws that deal with those on United Nations sanctions lists.

The government also froze bank accounts and assets of the organisations banned by the UNSC.

In the past, some militants have faced legal action in Pakistan, before later being released.


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