Pathankot attack: Pakistan detains Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, several members

Pakistan also detained several other members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in connection with the Pathankot attack.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 13, 2016 8:03 pm
Masood Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammad, JeM Masood Azhar Pakistan also detained several other members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad in connection with the Pathankot attack. (Source: PTI)

Pakistan today arrested Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother and “several individuals” belonging to his dreaded outfit, which is suspected to have engineered the Pathankot terror attack, and sealed its offices after India demanded action on the group linking it to the fate of Foreign Secretary-level talks.

Azhar’s brother Abdul Rehman Rauf has also been arrested, Geo TV said.

While the arrest of several individuals was announced in a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office, there was no official word on Azhar’s detention.

Officials said Azhar, the dreaded terrorist and two other terrorists who were released from an Indian prison in 1999 in exchange for release of 155 passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane, has been taken into protective custody after raids on several JeM offices.

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Pakistan has also said it’s considering sending a special investigation team to Pathankot as more information would be required to carry forward the process of cooperation with India.

The Pakistani action, which was reviewed at a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, come as the fate of the FS-level talks scheduled for Friday hung in balance with just two days for Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to go to Islamabad for talks with his counterpart on resuming the bilateral dialogue process.

Terrorists belonging to the JeM are believed by India to be behind the Pathankot terror attack on January 2 in which seven security personnel were killed.

A PMO statement issued after the meeting today said it noted with satisfaction that as part of Pakistan’s commitment to eliminate terrorism from its soil and the expressed national resolve not to allow the territory to be used for acts of terrorism anywhere.

It said “considerable progress has been made in the investigations being carried out against terrorist elements reportedly linked to the Pathankot incident.

“Based on initial investigations in Pakistan, and the information provided, several individuals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad have been apprehended. The offices of the organisation are also being traced and sealed. Further investigations are underway,” the statement said.

In the spirit of the cooperative approach, the statement said, it was also decided that in order to carry the process forward, additional information would be required for which the government of Pakistan is considering sending a SIT to Pathankot in consultation with government of India.

“The meeting reiterated that in line with our decision to counter and completely eliminate terrorism, Pakistan would remain engaged with India on this issue,” the statement said.

Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Director-General ISI Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Last week India put the ball squarely in Pakistan’s court, linking the FS-level talks to Islamabad’s “prompt and decisive” action in the Pathankot terror attack for which it has provided “actionable intelligence”.

An official said that close to a dozen militants have been held so far and were being questioned.

He refused to give further information like where they have been held or when they could be produced before any court.

In the terror attack on Pathankot Air Force base that began on January 2, six militants were also eliminated in an operation that lasted four days.

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First Published on: January 13, 2016 3:11 pm
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    Amit
    Jan 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm
    These are because of sincerity and seriousness of Modi. Hail Modi !!!
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      Proud-Brahmin-scoundrel
      Jan 13, 2016 at 5:13 pm
      Modi's approach towards Pak is very much appreciated. Until two weeks back Pak was a terrorist country. After Modi's gate crash Pak is a SAINT country. Now both countries can work together. I AM A BRAHMIN S-o-B, BRAHMIN SCOUNDREL WHO HAS THE ONLY CAPACITY TO SUK THE CK IF ANYBODY IF THAT SATISFIES MY EGO ON THAT DAY. TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SOMEBODY ELSE WHOM I WILL SUK! I AM A PROUD BRAHMIN SCOUNDREL.
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        Har
        Jan 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm
        Protective custody rather!
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          MyTake
          Jan 13, 2016 at 6:43 pm
          What Pak does or not, India should still work toward actively aligning itself with international community to make it an important member of the group dealing with terrorism in the subcontinent. It can prove its point by making offer that it can put to better use the resources the international community is offering to deal with this menace. Second India should work on human right issues across stan and provide a forum for the victims and this again in line with UN convention. stan on its part if working for the betterment of its people should welcome these steps. At the same time India can continue talking to stan if stan is willing to do that. Going by historical facts India mostly has invited the problems in the subcontinent. It's now time to give it back.
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            TIHAEwale
            Jan 13, 2016 at 10:15 am
            Just recall stan Army and ISI harboured Osama Bin Laden for years even as stan Govt collected billions of dollar from US in the name of fighting terrorists so now Sharif brothers had decided to see how much India can be milked
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              TIHAEwale
              Jan 13, 2016 at 10:11 am
              Suspect arrested will turn out to be pick pockets or chain snatchers and there goes the Pak establishments action into sewer
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                Arif
                Jan 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm
                Those who are in the business of making money and power on both sides would try to stall talks because there are many opportunities to make money if intolerance and differences exist; thanks to Obama who seems to be backing strongly peace initiatives between India and Pak before exit.
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                  Anil
                  Jan 13, 2016 at 11:41 am
                  Pillai, what do you expect from others ?? to be a Bhakt like you. People in Kerala realized that there are some people like you and your narrow mindset will destroy the peace and well being of the country and state . We have seen the inactiveness of congress in the past ,when BJP is also doing the same thing, naturally people will react to it. you cant blame them for that. I was expecting that the present government will dismantle them contrary to what had happened.
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                    amit
                    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:54 am
                    One can see shadow of indian ISI in this platform who is trying hard so that some how peace process can be derailed.
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                      Arvind
                      Jan 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm
                      It is really in the interest of stan they must try to stop all terrorist activities and arrest leaders of Terrorist Groups as all countries are now against them and even if India attacks Pak no one will come to its help including China.No doubt it is very good move that stan detained Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and other leaders.
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                        Kaliyug
                        Jan 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                        Azhar is the apple in the eyes of the ISI, so people can be sure that this arrest is just window dressing for the world media to suck it up and spit it out.
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                          Kaliyug
                          Jan 13, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                          stan is not going to do the dirty job for the Indian government. Fools in the Vajpayee government let this terrorist go, now India is paying for Hindu fools who do not know how to fight and win.
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                            Madhu Bahl
                            Jan 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm
                            As it seems right now, it is difficult to very whether Mr. Azhar has been detained by the stani authorities or not. It depends who you ask. stani authorities and its press are confirming that he is detained, but if you ask the Indian press and the Indian government officials,there seems to be some apprehension in this matter. I am sure this riddle will have its answer pretty soon. Giving stan a benefit of doubt, let us ume that he is detained. Then, it is definitely a positive step - a step in the right direction to improve relationship between India and stan. But in the eyes of this writer, just arresting him along with his colleagues who were involved in the Pathankot attack is not enough. The sincerity of stan government will be revealed on the type of punishment given to this group, especially to Mr. Azhar. This is not the only crime Mr. Azhar has orchestrated against India. He has a history of crimes where he was instrumental in harming India vis-a-vis attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001 and also his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai attack. In fact, he should be handed over to the Indian government so that he can face an appropriate legal music in India. Till stan's final action and judgement do not surface openly, India ought not to be satisfied, and also India should make it clear to stan now that this was the third strike. No more strikes will be tolerated by India, and if it happens, there will be an open all out war.
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                              dv1936
                              Jan 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm
                              History is repeating itself. In from the front door and out from the back door.
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                                dv1936
                                Jan 13, 2016 at 11:41 am
                                It will be the stupidest move by India to allow spies in Pathankot.
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                                  RK
                                  Jan 13, 2016 at 9:47 am
                                  See result of 56" than dehati aurat and begging with katora....
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                                    RK
                                    Jan 13, 2016 at 11:19 am
                                    is it d*gy pilla.... seems like the way he barks
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                                      harith
                                      Jan 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm
                                      stan govt; dont send any one here, except the arrested terrorists; pack them straight to India; they will be tried here in the court of law like kasab; what is the point in trying there, when all evidence is here;
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                                        Hindu
                                        Jan 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm
                                        This is only Media news. Dont beieve until we have CONCRETE evidence. Both Indian and Media are anti-Indian (read anti-Modi)
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                                          Jagdish Saigal
                                          Jan 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm
                                          Shift in Pak. policy should be appreciated. Together India and stan can shape better future for their people and for South Asia as well. Widely stan is blamed as epicentre of global terror but it can also be terminator of international terror. India should thus help PAK in its new era.
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                                            Kay
                                            Jan 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm
                                            Pl don't dream glimpses of optimism nor to praise Hon PM, if Masood Azahar and co are arrested, they will soon be free on open roads, stan's tactics of no stiff iciest evidence. Pl for God same don't allow stan's SIT consisting of Military, Isi, NSA etc to come and see the operations at Pathankot.
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