Not aware of JeM chief Masood Azhar's arrest: FO

Earlier officials had said Masood Azhar was arrested along with his brother and brother-in-law

News Desk January 14, 2016
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The Foreign Office said on Thursday it is not aware of the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

The statement came following media reports that Azhar had been arrested on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in Pathankot.

Jaish-e-Mohammad chief arrested over Pathankot air base attack

Maulana Masood Azhar, a hardliner who was blamed for a 2001 attack on India’s parliament, was detained two days ago along with his brother and brother-in-law and will remain in protective custody for at least 30 days, a senior intelligence official told Reuters.

Pakistan said earlier in the day that it had arrested several members of Azhar’s group and sealed off its offices as it investigates Indian assertions that the January 2 attack, in which seven military personnel were killed, was the work of the Pakistan-based militants.

The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan – longtime, nuclear-armed arch-rivals on the Indian subcontinent – are set to hold a rare, previously scheduled meeting on Friday, part of a budding diplomatic thaw after decades of hostility. But India has demanded Pakistan take “prompt and decisive” action over the January 2 air base attack before the meeting goes ahead.

Pathankot attack: Pakistan to send special investigation team to India

“We will keep them (Azhar and brothers) for as long as we need to carry out our investigation over India’s claims about the attack. We are resolved to take this investigation to its conclusion,” the senior intelligence official said.

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Asif | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend Not easy task, deep ruted.
Asif | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend This group has been sheltered for a long time by the Sharif Brothers. We know that they made deals with religious extremists to spare Punjab from their murderous acts. How could any one forget that Nawaz Sharif wanted to become Ameer-ul-Momineen in his last government, what ever that is. Yes, Punjab has been spared for a long time but the rest of Pakistan has become a killing field for now. We need a government which takes this menace of extremism in the guise of Islam seriously and eradicate it for good from all over Pakistan. Mind it that these extremists could push Pakistan into full fledged wars with other countries which Pakistan does not need. We need peace in our country so we could meet the challenges of 21st century, and God knows that there are tremendous challenges facing the country.
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