Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar under ‘protective custody’, confirms Pakistan Minister

"Masood Azhar has been taken into protective custody by the Punjab police counter-terrorism department," Sanaullah told Dawn News

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: January 15, 2016 9:29 am
Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar has been taken into protective custody, said Pakistan minister Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar has been taken into protective custody, said Pakistan minister

Pakistan’s Punjab province Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday night confirmed that banned Jaish-i-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar has been taken into “protective custody” along with his accomplices, but clarified he is “not arrested.”

“Masood Azhar has been taken into protective custody by the Punjab police counter-terrorism department,” Sanaullah told Dawn News.

Earlier, the government chose not to confirm or deny the reports that Azhar has been taken into “protective custody”.

“We have taken Maulana Azhar and his fellows under protective custody in connection with the Pathankot incident. However, we will arrest him if his involvement in the Pathankot attack is proved,” Sanaullah said.

He added that operation against banned outfits including JeM would continue under the National Action Programme.

Read: No one arrested, we are still in business, says Jaish

India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack on January 2. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed along with all the six terrorists.

India has shared this information along with two Pakistani phone numbers that were made calls to by the terrorists.

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According to reports, security agencies have arrested 31 activists of JeM from different parts of the province.

Read: With backing of ISI, Jaish rises like a phoenix

After a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday, his office issued a statement which said that “several individuals” belonging to JeM have been apprehended in connection with the Pathankot terror attack and some of its offices traced and sealed.

Today, Pakistan said that the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks will not take place tomorrow as scheduled.

Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah told a news briefing that both sides were holding consultations to reschedule the talks.

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    Emraan Paray
    Jan 15, 2016 at 4:08 am
    No worries at all.....both india n pak will fail. Maulana is just one piece n we are still alive!! Good grace on Maulana n his accomplices! !!
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      TIHAEwale
      Jan 15, 2016 at 5:05 am
      "India has identified Azhar as the mastermind of the Pathankot attack on January 2. It has also blamed his brother Rauf and five others for carrying out the attack in which seven Indian soldiers were killed along with all the six terrorists." if this indeed the case then it means ISI/Pak Army rogue elements can spring such attacks across India at their timings. yes this also means many in India are compromised to extent for money they are ready to harbour anti India elements
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        Duru
        Jan 15, 2016 at 7:05 am
        finish the world's three biggest terrorist at present : MODI, SHARIFF AND OBAMA, as Kerry called up Shariff post the incident to congratulate him " WELL DONE MY BUOOOY" for such a successful planning, whose supplying them these arms, from where are the AK-47 coming??? Modi went to strike a deal and confirm hope you all ready....they should be beheaded and the second row of these terrorist who are supported and funded by stan Politicians and US Arms (indirect support).... INDIA AS USUAL A FOOLISH COUNTRY ON THIS GLOBE... IMPOTENT
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          ProudIndian
          Jan 15, 2016 at 6:09 am
          make Maulana Azhar, Hafeez Saeed and Mussharaf stand in a line and put hot steel rod in thier hle
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            ProudIndian
            Jan 15, 2016 at 4:40 am
            Maulana Azhar should be raped in front of w world,,,,this animal needs a lesson
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              kamath Ramesh
              Jan 15, 2016 at 7:55 am
              Whatever action Pak is taking must be shared with India officially. Just putting him under protection arrest is not sufficient. Pak must have detained him to provide the protection fearing attack from India and not for taking action on him. Ideally he must be handed over to India and trial should be conducted in India and Pak can send their lawyers to defend him so that fair trial is ensured.”
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                Me Marathi
                Jan 15, 2016 at 6:17 am
                Looks like you are one of the moles? Just wait pal. Army will reach you soon.
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                  heena
                  Jan 15, 2016 at 10:32 am
                  This is a bogus news given by the media for TRP. Never ever believe the media stunts.
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                    Hari Panicket
                    Jan 15, 2016 at 5:10 am
                    Of course,"protective custody"means he is staying in the safe house provided by the ISI! On no account will the Pak army allow the Sharif government to hand him over to India.
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                      David
                      Jan 15, 2016 at 7:38 am
                      These are total lies. PM Sharief has no real power. The tentacles of the Army and ISI are deep. Because of past Indian impotency they are emboldened. They are graduating to higher levels of terrorism. Next attack will be a miniature nuuke where the w base or town will be obliterated. We have to extract our pound of flesh. No other choice.
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                        SANJAY TANEJA
                        Jan 15, 2016 at 4:18 am
                        This is an act of war by pak. Whom we are kidding? We Indians are infinitely tolerant, in other words "impotent ". Shame on us and shame on govt.
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                          Sathish
                          Jan 15, 2016 at 3:54 am
                          Protective custody!! LOL!! Pressution continues.
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                            SHAILESH GUPTA
                            Jan 15, 2016 at 6:04 am
                            Hopefully this is not done in apprehension of some covert Indian op to eliminate him. It will happen now or later if Pak does not act genuinely..
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                              Chandra Shekhar
                              Jan 15, 2016 at 8:10 am
                              It is doubtful that stan would ever nail hijacker and a deadly terrorist Masood Azhar and many more like Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim, because how could ace criminals be nabbed by that very nation which spend so much on creation of such terror elements!! Much worse, back home the so called “secularists” would lose no time to queue up in support of JUSTICE for Azhar’s, Lakhvi's, Saeed's, Dawood's etc., if India goes in for surgical operation to eliminate such brutal characters operating across the border round the clock with clandestine funding of vested interests with only one mission and that has been to snatch Kashmir and generate unrest throughout India!!
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                                Chandra Shekhar
                                Jan 15, 2016 at 8:46 am
                                It is doubtful that stan would ever nail hijacker and a deadly terrorist Masood Azhar and many more like Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim, because how could ace criminals be nabbed by that very nation which spend so much on creation of such terror elements? Much worse, back home the so called “secularists” would lose no time to queue up in support of JUSTICE for Azhar’s, Lakhvi's, Saeed's, Dawood's etc., if India goes in for surgical operation to eliminate such brutal characters operating across the border round the clock with clandestine funding of vested interests with only one mission and that has been to snatch Kashmir and generate unrest throughout India!! However, enough is enough now! India must and should hit back WITHOUT CARING MUCH for 'returning of award ceremony' and 'commencement of candle light march', back-home, over destruction of terror industry across the border by Indian Armed Forces!!
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                                  SP
                                  Jan 15, 2016 at 4:10 am
                                  stan is protecting Maulana. Is that what it is? Terrorists are their ets.
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                                    yousef
                                    Jan 15, 2016 at 5:59 am
                                    Ibliss of Lashkar e Shaitan wants to get Umma destro in a hydrogen bomb attack. That is why he is trying to create a war, even when the other side is not responding militarily.
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