Facing an unprecedented heat of India’s diplomatic pressure through international community, Pakistan on Tuesday detained Mufti Abdur Rauf, the brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar.
He was detained along with 43 others affiliated with banned Islamist organisations existing in Pakistan.
On Monday, the Pakistan government issued an order to streamline a process for the implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities of all banned outfits as designated by the UN Security Council (UNSC).
Playing down the impression that Pakistan may have bowed to the international community, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi in a press conference stated the action was taken without any foreign pressure.
The government also froze bank accounts and assets of the organisations banned by the UNSC.
The Interior Ministry said that the actions will continue as per the decisions taken by the National Security Committee (NSC).
The crackdown is being linked to the suicide bombing claimed by the JeM that killed 40 CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14.
A dossier shared by the Indian government with Pakistan last week on Pulwama also mentioned the names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar, Khan said. “It does not mean that action is being taken against only those individuals who are mentioned in the dossier.