Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar Not In Afghanistan, Pakistan's Claims 'Not True': Taliban

Pakistan had written to Afghanistan seeking Masood Azhar's arrest and said that he is probably present in Afghanistan's Nangarhar and Kanhar areas.

By Talibuddin Khan
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 08:35 AM IST
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Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar Not In Afghanistan, Pakistan's Claims 'Not True': Taliban
Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar. (ANI File Photo)

A day after Pakistan's letter to Afghanistan seeking Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar's arrest, Talibani spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid on Thursday said that Azhar is not in Afghanistan but in fact he is in Pakistan, local media outlet Tolo News reported. Pakistan had written to Afghanistan seeking Azhar's arrest and said that he is probably present in Afghanistan's Nangarhar and Kanhar areas.

However, reacting to the letter, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, "The leader of the Jaesh-e-Mohammad group is not here in Afghanistan. This is an organization which could be in Pakistan. Anyway, he is not in Afghanistan and we have not been asked anything like this. We have heard about it in the news. Our reaction is that this is not true," reported Tolo News.

Moreover, the Taliban-led Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that such allegations can affect the relations between Kabul and Islamabad. "We also call on all parties to refrain from such allegations lacking any proof and documentation. Such media allegations can adversely affect bilateral relations," said Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a Talibani spokesman said.

This report comes after Paris-based international watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) forced Islamabad to take action against some of the UN-designated terrorists, offering the possibility of getting out from the grey list now.

Notably, Pakistan's recent action on Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) operational commander Sajid Mir, which it kept on declaring dead until now, is the result of FATF's persistent pressure on Pakistan.

Pakistan maintains that Azhar is not present in Pakistan and likely to be in Afghanistan. Despite claims by Pakistan that he is not traceable, he continues to publish articles on Pakistani social media networks exhorting JeM cadres to indulge in Jihad and eulogizing the Taliban takeover of Kabul, claiming that Taliban victory would open avenues for Muslim victories elsewhere, reported South Asia Press.


(With ANI Inputs)

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