No one arrested, we are still in business, says Jaish-e-Mohammad

In its statement, the Jaish also lashed out at Pakistan’s government “which is friends with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna) Advani, and (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee”.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2016 8:19 am
Protesters shout slogans against Masood Azhar and other JeM leaders. (File/Reuters) Protesters shout slogans against Masood Azhar and other JeM leaders. (File/Reuters)

Pakistan-based jihadist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has rejected claims that its leader Maulana Masood Azhar has been arrested for his alleged role in the terror strike on the Pathankot airbase.

“Disbelievers and hypocrites across the world are celebrating our arrest,” a statement in Urdu said, “but the arrest never happened.”

“Even if they happen, what difference will it make? No difference, except one. Allah willing, there will be more enthusiasm and excitement among people of the faith, and the work of jihad will gather more strength and energy,” said the statement, posted Thursday afternoon on a Facebook community used by the Jaish to communicate with media and followers.

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“Those taking the mujahideen as helpless and weak are greatly mistaken. You made the children of the martyr Afzal Guru cry, and since then, you have been crying, screaming and shrieking everyday,” it stated.

Pathankot Attack: The Rise Of Jaish-e-Muhammad

New Delhi announced Thursday it will discuss dates for a meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, earlier scheduled to be held on Friday. In private, though, an authoritative Indian government source told The Indian Express that the decision would be made “after assessing progress made in the investigation of the Pathankot attack”.

READ: Pathankot terror attack: Terrorists hid overnight in airbase shed

The government, the official said, also intends to press Pakistan to prosecute those it apprehends in one of the fast-track military courts set up in the country.

In its statement, the Jaish also lashed out at Pakistan’s government “which is friends with (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, (former Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna) Advani, and (former Prime Minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee”.

“We will settle all scores… We are not polytheists, who were born on the railway tracks, but the followers of Muhammad the Arab and the enlightened ones of Medina, suffused with the unity of Allah and intoxicated by the desire for martyrdom,” the Jaish said.

The statement came amidst a series of elliptical comments by Pakistani officials on reports of Azhar’s arrest. Khalilullah Qazi, spokesperson for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said he was “not aware of such an arrest”.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office issued a statement saying “several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Muhammad have been apprehended. The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed”.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, the Indian government source said, received what he called “informal” information on arrests from his counterpart Lt General (retd) Nasir Janjua.

“The impression we were given was that some key individuals have been held, but that this could not be made public as legal processes have yet to begin,” the source said.

India, the source said, was also told that Azhar had been kept in informal custody at a house in Islamabad, but that action would depend on evidence gathered during a future investigation.

Few specific details on the arrests were shared, but Pakistan’s NSA is understood to have assured Doval that investigators had followed up leads provided by New Delhi, including five phone numbers called by the terrorists in the hours before the Pathankot strike.

Pakistan is, however, yet to register a First Information Report related to the Pathankot attack, though it has set up a joint investigative team made up of police as well as civilian and military intelligence officials.

“New Delhi’s decision to welcome Pakistani investigators should they wish to visit Pathankot has been made precisely to avoid any procedural issues being made pretexts to stall the investigation,” the source said.

Indian intelligence officials, however, said they had been unable to corroborate Islamabad’s claims of action against known Jaish facilities, such as its seminaries on the National Highway and Model Town in Bahawalpur, as well as offices in Multan.

The organisation appeared, though, to have taken down the home pages of multiple Jaish websites, among them, and The sites’ content, however, remained available on the websites, though it could not be accessed through the home pages.

Journalists based in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province told The Indian Express that magazines published by the Jaish were still available for sale.

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  1. M
    Jan 15, 2016 at 2:54 am
    Invite Pak team to survey the damage caused by the Patankot attackers.Let them make a technical survey and use that for next attack. Are we Indians S or precisely MODIOTS?
    1. K
      Jan 15, 2016 at 3:07 am
      Hindus and Sikh brothers, save our nation by supporting BJP. Rest is BS. 1000 years of slavory not enoug? Liberals have no place in India for you.
      1. A
        Jan 15, 2016 at 2:07 am
        stan can never be trusted India must make an air attack and kill the terrorist if USA can do why not India. Talks are of no use if even there is a single loss of life
      2. d
        Jan 15, 2016 at 12:54 am
        Typical nonsense, they know that India has no back bone.
        1. N
          Niladrinath Mohanty
          Jan 15, 2016 at 2:21 am
          US air strikes are against countries which have no common border with it and who have no nuclear weapons. India cannot ignore these factors. It is very easy to talk sitting on an arm(read aaram) chair.
          1. S
            Jan 15, 2016 at 2:42 am
            60 years they have been bleeding us, and what we do? Believe these murderers of innocents time and again and let them scott free. What about India's sovereignty, respect? Indian state's boundaries have been violated 100s of times by these muslim jehadis. If you can't handle a terrorist state like stan with it's brazen atude of murder, mayhem and violence, we might as well throw the boundary open and let them allows us to murder us. World is spitting on us for our cowardly and utter nonsense approach to this problem. Why do we have this army , navy, air force and all other security agencies? Might as well fold them and tell stan to run over us. Shameful. Utter nonsense.
            1. M
              Muhammed Abdullah
              Jan 15, 2016 at 1:09 am
              kurn is lie a book full of lies lies lies ,
              1. P
                Jan 15, 2016 at 12:21 am
                a rogue General enlightens us about his mind sick with hatred against India because his parents had to leave India where in Delhi- Naherawali haweli, their large residence was, against stan because he was called ‘Muhajir’- an outsider, against the p oliticians who used him to capture power but summarily destro him when their purpose was served, against terrorists for whom, he created safe haven in stan to be used as cheap army to fight against India but when they felt that he was just using them they made several attempts to kill him, against U. S. A. for using him to kill and capture terrorists after using them to fight against Russia in Afganistan and India. He was involved in every war against India- 1965, 1971 and every terrorist act against India after being defeated in a direct face off. From General of the army he went on to become the President of stan. He was involved in all conspiracies against the ruling politicians- threw them out of stan, got killed Benzir Bhutto- another cunning P. M. of stan, took credit and collected awards for killing and capturing terrorist in millions. At present, he is under house arrest and facing several charges in stan. Once he had threatened to use atom bomb against India.
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