In a major crackdown on banned militant organizations, Pakistan government arrested 44 leaders, functionaries and activists of these parties across Pakistan on Tuesday. The arrested persons include Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar Masood’s son Hamad Azhar and brother Mufti Abdur Raoof.
Dawn, quoting officials of interior ministry, reported”in order to implement National Action Plan (NAP), a high-level meeting was held in the Ministry of Interior on March 4, attended by all representatives of all provincial governments. These actions will continue, as per the decisions taken in National Security Committee (NSC) while reviewing NAP.”
Pakistan government is mulling over confiscating their properties as well. “If we have to take over any [organisation’s] assets, we will do so. Assets can be taken over of organisations already declared as proscribed, under the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997”, report said.
The crackdown on proscribed groups followed after suicide attack on a CRPF convoy by a Jaish bomber in Kashmir that left over 40 men of the force dead, brought India and Pakistan near a nuclear clash.
As a retaliatory measure, Indian Air Force jet fighters, last week, intruded into Pakistani territory and bombed an area where they said located a Jaish training camp. India media, quoting sources, said that 300 to 350 Jaish cadres and leaders were killed in the action.
Pakistan, however, said that the Indian jets bombed a forested area and there was no casualty.
Pakistan fighter planes retaliated by crossing the line of control in Rajouri and bombing an open area. The Pakistan also shot down two military planes and captured a pilot alive. He was released within 48 hours as “peace gesture” Pakistan.
The face-off had the potential of tossing the two countries into full-scale war. However, the intervention from the world community in general and the Us in particular averted the war for the time being.