Islamabad: Pakistan authorities detained Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on Wednesday for questioning in connection with the Pathankot airbase attack. His brother Rauf Asgar has also been detained. Pakistan took the step under pressure from the US and the Indian government.
Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies have arrested 12 suspects of banned Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) over links with the attack on Indian Air base in Pathankot. The suspects were arrested from different cities of southern Punjab, according to the online newspaper, Daily Pakistan.
Islamabad has decided to share the development with Indian side and a proposal to send a top level investigation team to New Delhi was also under consideration, according to a spokesman for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Office.
A meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Wednesday that offices ofJeM that allegedly conducted Pathankot attack were secretly operating in four cities of Punjab.
The offices have been sealed in Bahwalnagar, Bahawalpur, Multan and Muzafargarh cities and the suspected members of the group were also held, top officials briefed Sharif.
Chief of Army Staff General (COAS) Raheel Sharif, DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser Lieutenant-General (r) Nasir Janjua and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were told in the meeting that the arrested people could be possible facilitators ofPathankot attackers.