As news of his arrest broke on local television channels, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar writing in the terror outfit’s mouthpiece Al Qalam under his pen name Saidi mentions the road the Pakistan government was taking was dangerous for it. The government action against mosques, madrasas are a danger to its unity.
In his article, he stated that on judgment day, Pakistani leaders want to stand as friends of Narendra Modi. He took a pledge not to let his enemies celebrate.
Earlier even as Pakistan began cracking down on terror outfit JeM, a decision on the foreign secretary level talks will be taken by India taken on 14 January.
Azhar, his brother and many others have been arrested in connection with the Pathankot attack. This was after India wanted Pakistan to act on the group by connecting it to the foreign secretary-level talks, according to Pakistani media reports.
The arrest was confirmed officially on 14 January, with Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, minister of frontier regions, saying “Azhar was taken into custody to investigate the Pathankot attack,” Baloch was quoted as saying by Geo TV.
Azhar, his brother and others are being interrogated about the attack on Pathankot air base, said a security official.
“Many JeM members were arrested based on the initial investigations by Pakistan on the leads provided by India. The terror outfit’s offices were traced and sealed. Further investigations are on,” statement from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office read.
However, India was not sure since a statement issued by the office of Pakistan PM didn’t say whether Azhar and his brother were among those arrested.
Meanwhile, the reported detention of JeM chief could offer India PM Narendra Modi cover in the immediate context against wide criticism that Lahore diplomacy repudiated his strong stance against terrorism during the 2014 campaign.
After the Lahore meeting with Sharif, the Pathankot attack proved risks of such a decision laid Modi bare to the charge that he overestimated personalised diplomacy.