Pak de­tains Jaish chief?

PATHANKOT AT­TACK Nawaz Sharif says spe­cial probe team may visit In­dia

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Banned ter­ror out­fit Jaish-e-Mo­ham­mad’s chief Maulana Ma­sood Azhar and some of his key aides have been de­tained over the Pathankot at­tack, re­ports said on Wed­nes­day, hours af­ter Is­lam­abad an­nounced a crack­down on the banned group.

“He has been placed in preven­tive de­ten­tion amid a probe into al­le­ga­tions of his in­volve­ment in the Pathankot at­tack,” a source was quoted as say­ing by Geo News chan­nel.

Azhar’s brother Mufti Ab­dur Rauf and his brother-in-law Ash­faq Ahmed were de­tained along with him on Mon­day, Reuters quoted two un­named of­fi­cials as say­ing.

“We will keep them for as long as we need to carry out our in­ves­ti­ga­tion over In­dia’s claims about the at­tack. We are re­solved to take this in­ves­ti­ga­tion to its con­clu­sion,” Reuters quoted a se­nior in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial as say­ing.

How­ever, there was no of­fi­cial word on the de­vel­op­ment. In­dia too said it had no con­fir­ma­tion from Pak­istan about the de­ten­tion of Azhar. The JeM was blamed by In­dian au­thor­i­ties for the brazen as­sault on the Pathankot air­base, which killed seven se­cu­rity per­son­nel. In­dia has sought “prompt and de­ci­sive ac­tion” by Pak­istan on ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence re­gard­ing the at­tack.

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