Bowing down to mounting international pressure to check terror out-fit presence in their country, Pakistan today claimed to have arrested 44 members of banned outfits, including a brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Abdul Rauf Asghar.
Pakistan Interior Minister Shaharyar Afridi said that a dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar. He, however, said the action was not taken due to any pressure.
Reports indicates that the order for their detention was reportedly issued today. In order to implement National Action Plan (NAP), a high-level meeting was held in the Ministry of Interior on 4th March 2019 which was attended by all provincial governments. It was decided to speed up action against all proscribed organisations.
In compliance, 44 under-observation members of proscribed organisations, including Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar, have been taken in preventive detention for investigation. These actions will continue as per the decisions taken in National Security Committee (NSC), while reviewing National Action Plan,the order reportedly states.