Under pressure, Pakistan takes control of Jaish-e-Mohammed's headquarters in Bahawalpur

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 23 February 2019, 07:31 AM
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar

Pakistan claimed to have taken over the control of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) headquarters in Bahawalpur on Tuesday. "The Government of Punjab has taken over the control of a campus (Jaish-e-Mohammed headquarters) comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah in Bahawalpur," said the government of Pakistan attributed to the spokesman of the Ministry of Interior in tweeted. 

The Jaish has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on CRPF forces in Pulwama in the Jammu and Kashmir that resulted in the death of 40 jawans on February 14. The spokesman said that the action was taken in line with the decision of the National Security Committee meeting held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan is under pressure since the Pulwama attack took place as India among several other nations have been demanding action against the terrorist group and its chief Masood Azhar reportedly based in Pakistan. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Friday, decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list at the end of its week-long plenary meeting in Paris. India had lobbied hard to get the global financial body to blacklist Pakistan for non-compliance in curbing terror financing.

India wanted Pakistan to be put under "closer scrutiny immediately" and has demanded that "stronger implementation" be sought from Islamabad in curbing terror financing. India had even prepared a dossier for the watchdog nailing the culpability of Pakistan in the Pulwama terror strike, the worst such attack in J&K in decades.

"This will be a dossier on Pakistani agencies' links with the JeM and how the terror group is being aided by them. The details of the terror attacks carried out by the JeM in the past will be mentioned in the document," a security official previously told news agency PTI. The dossier will reportedly also highlight how the Pakistani agencies are providing funds to the JeM.

Incidentally, in June 2018, Pakistan was put on the FATF grey list for failing to curb terror financing, courtesy a concerted bilateral effort by India with the US, UK, France and Germany all through 2017. Islamabad had reportedly been given a 27-point action plan to implement by September 2019, failing which it would be put on the FATF black list alongside North Korea and Iran post the October 2019 FAFT meeting. Pakistan had reportedly landed on the black list between 2012 and 2015.


First Published: Friday, February 22, 2019 08:05 PM
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