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Azhar’s brother, son held in Pakistan

Mufti Abdul Raoof

Mufti Abdul Raoof  

Govt. cracks down on terror outfits

Pakistan has taken 44 members of banned organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s son and brother, into preventive detention, and put Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) offshoots Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF) on its proscribed list, the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday.

New Delhi had criticised Pakistan for failing to ban JuD and FiF, which are banned by the UN Security Council, despite an announcement they would do so on February 21. Both organisations were subsequently put on the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)’s list under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA of 1997)

Ministry statement

“In order to implement [the] National Action Plan (NAP), a high-level meeting was held in the Ministry on March 4, which was attended by representatives of all provincial governments. It was decided to speed up action against all proscribed organisations,” the Ministry said in a statement.

“In compliance, 44 under-observation members of proscribed organisations, including Mufti Abdul Raoof [Azhar’s brother] and Hamad Azhar [his son], have been taken into preventive detention for investigation. These actions will continue, as per the decisions taken in the National Security Committee, while reviewing the National Action Plan.”

The action plan was announced by the government to crack down on terrorism. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi told a press conference in Islamabad that this was solely Pakistan’s decision. “We will not allow Pakistani soil to be used against any country,” he said. Ministry of Interior Secretary Azam Khan was also present.

Azhar’s son and brother were named in the Pulwama dossier handed to Pakistan by India last week, said Azaz Syed, author of The Secret of Pakistan’s War on Al-Qaeda . Indian dossiers after the Mumbai and Pathankot attacks contained evidence, which was why cases were lodged in Pakistani courts against those allegedly involved in those attacks.

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