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

Published: January 14, 2016



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.

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“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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  • Smiling Buddha
    Jan 14, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Until today morning Masood azhar was arrested by news agencies but FO says not aware of him, Morning it was said 3 JEM members arrested but it was actually 3 college students, This is called Flip flopRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 14, 2016 - 2:55PM

    Possibly he’s been taken in to protect him……..such things have happened in the past.Recommend

  • Milind
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:54PM

    Terrorism in Pakistan is never going to end, with this kind of prevarication.. Take a step forward, 2 steps back and then blame India..Recommend

  • Tommy Gunn
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:56PM

    Will he be placed in a palatial fortess like Mr. Laden?Recommend

  • feedback
    Jan 14, 2016 - 9:20PM

    This is how they work, initially they said they arrested him and then in the name of counter terrorism, they asked government to deploy rangers for anti terrorism in Punjab too. And the government is like, “he is not arrested”. They use terrorism for counter terrorism.Recommend

  • Prakash
    Jan 15, 2016 - 12:15AM

    Masood Azhar is Chief of JeM, which was banned by Pakistan 13 Years ago and so why he is free ,he should have been in jail otherwise also.As he has been accused of attack on President of Pakistan Mushraff and attack on Indian Parliament & J&K Assembly.Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2016 - 12:42AM

    Glad to know that we have Foreign Office at least….! Recommend

  • Asif
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:22PM

    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. Recommend

  • Asif
    Jan 17, 2016 - 6:26PM

    Not easy task, deep ruted.Recommend

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