JeM chief Masood Azhar's brother among 44 arrested in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Amid mounting pressure from the global community on Islamabad to rein in the terror groups operating on its soil, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's brother among 44 members of the banned militant outfits arrested by authorities in Pakistan.

 

As per the report, Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Azhar, and Hammad Azhar are 44 people arrested during the crackdown.

“A dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar”, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said at a press conference here.

“The action was not taken due to any pressure, the action would be taken against all the proscribed organisations under the National Action Plan”, he added.

“The crackdown will continue for two weeks and actions against the arrested members will be taken on the basis of evidence. Pakistan's soil will not be allowed for terror activities against anyone”, he stated.

Earlier, India handed over a dossier to Pakistan to take action against the JeM, as pressure mounted on Islamabad to take action against individual and organisation listed by the UN Security Council as terrorists.

The crackdown on banned groups came amid tensions with India following a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.

The sour relations between India and Pakistan have worsened over the past week as New Delhi blamed Islamabad for the Pulwama attack.

On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.

The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.

On February 26, Indian Air Force (IAF) had attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.

On Monday, Pakistan promulgated a law to streamline the procedure for the implementation of the UN sanctions against individuals and organisations.

Earlier, the US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based JeM chief Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to the global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

Subsequently, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the order means that the government has taken over the control of assets and properties of all banned outfits operating in the country.

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