Masood Azhar’s brother among 44 detained in Pak

Masood Azhar’s brother among 44 detained in Pak

Islamabad; Coming under mounting pressure from different countries to curb terror in its soil,  Pakistan on Tuesday detained 44 members of banned militant outfits, including Hammad Azhar and Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.

Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said, Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Azhar, and Hammad Azhar are among those arrested during the crackdown. According to Afridi a dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar.

The minister said the action would be taken against all the terrorist outfits operating out of Pakistan. Crack down by Pak government on militants would continue for two weeks and action against each arrested would be taken on the basis of evidence, he said.

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.

Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the government has taken over the control of assets and properties of all banned outfits operating in the country.

The development comes in the face of intense pressure to deal with militant organisations that operated in the country, including the JeM, which claimed a recent suicide attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

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