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Why Pakistan Doesn’t Say Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar Arrested, Talks to be Resheduled

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has not confirmed that it has officially seize and hold Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed that had recently launched the deadly attack on the Pathankot Air Force Base.”no information on the detentions or raids”.Pakistan’s foreign office said today.

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According to sources Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and India foriegn secretary Sushma Swaraj meeting resheduled, which Pakistan had said would take place tomorrow, though no date had officially been announced by India.

Since,last evening, Pakistani media reported that Masood Azhar had been detained two days ago along with top relatives. But India has no information about it officially, “We have not received official word on detention of Masood Azhar.” said Vikas Swarup, spokesperson for India’s Foreign Ministry

India has said that talk to pakistan and must take action against those who planned and executed the attack at Pathankot in Punjab,in which seven military personnel were martyred and 22 were injured.

Sources said National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, who arrives from Paris this afternoon, will talk to his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua and will then brief Prime Minster Narendra Modi today. India’s formal position on the talks is expected to be announced this evening.

PM Modi had last week told his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the phone that swift and decisive action is expected on Pathankot. Mr Sharif has pledged his assistance on the investigation.

A statement from PM Sharif’s office yesterday said, “Several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed have been apprehended. The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed.” Today the Pakistani foreign office said it had nothing to add to that information.

Mr Sharif’s office given a statement yesterday,it is considering sending a team of special investigators to the Pathankot air base but New Delhi has not indicated if this will be acceptable.

The evidence was given by India, Pakistan has rejected that evidence including phone numbers that the terrorists called their handlers on from Pathankot. Islamabad has reportedly conveyed that those phone numbers are not registered in Pakistan. Jaish chief Masood Azhar was arrested in Kashmir in 1994, but was released along with two other Pakistani terrorists in 1999 in return for 155 passengers held hostage in an Indian Airlines aircraft that was hijacked to Kandahar in Afghanistan.


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