Pakistan cracks down on terror group attacking India, detains chief’s brother & son
Pakistani Interior Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi confirmed that Mufti Abdul Rauf was among the 44 people, belonging to “banned organizations,” detained by authorities on Tuesday. Rauf is the brother of Masood Azhar, the chief of the Pakistan-based jihadist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that had been carrying out terror attacks across the border with India. Azhar’s son, Hamad, was also detained.
Speaking to reporters, the minister acknowledged that the names of both men came up on the ‘terrorists’ dossier’, shared earlier with Islamabad by India, but stressed that the crackdown wasn’t prompted by it.Also on rt.com Pakistan-India showdown: What you’re not being told
The nation “is acting against the banned groups in its own interest and there is no external pressure whatsoever,” the Pakistani official said.
His statement came as India had been long accusing Islamabad of “inaction” towards JeM. The group’s goal is to have the disputed border region of Kashmir, which is now partially controlled by New Delhi, join Pakistan.
Last month, the militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed over 40 Indian policemen. Two weeks later India sent a dozen jets to bomb what it said were terror camps on Pakistani soil. The conflict quickly escalated into cross-border shelling and open aerial combat between the nations.
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