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Jaish chief Masood Azhar's brother among 44 arrested: Pakistan

Crackdown on banned militant groups comes amid mounting global pressure

By PTI in Islamabad
  • Published 5.03.19, 6:37 PM
  • Updated 5.03.19, 6:37 PM
  • a min read
In this January 27, 2000 file photo, Masood Azhar (centre, wearing glasses and white turban) arrives in Islamabad. AP

Pakistan has said that Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar's brother was among 44 members of banned militant outfits arrested by authorities.

The announcement comes amid mounting pressure from the global community on Islamabad to rein in the terror groups operating on its soil.

Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Azhar, and Hammad Azhar were among those arrested during a crackdown, minister of state for interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said at a press conference in Islamabad.

He said a dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar.

The crackdown on banned groups came amid tensions with India following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad that killed 40 CRPF soldiers.

India handed over a dossier to Pakistan to take action against the Jaish-Mohammad, as pressure mounted on Islamabad to take action against individuals and organisations listed by the UN Security Council as terrorists.

The minister, however, Pakistan did not act owing to any pressure. He added that action would be taken against all the proscribed organisations under the National Action Plan.

Afridi said the crackdown will continue for two weeks and actions against the arrested members will be taken on the basis of evidence.

The minister said his government's policy is that Pakistan's soil will not be allowed for terror activities against anyone.

The move came a day after Pakistan on Monday promulgated a law to streamline the procedure for the implementation of the UN sanctions against individuals and organisations.

Interpreting the order, 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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