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Trapped in own net: Pak foreign minister Qureshi confirms Azhar's presence in Pakistan

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 1 2019 3:30PM
Trapped in own net: Pak foreign minister Qureshi confirms Azhar's presence in Pakistan
New Delhi, Mar.1 (HS): Pakistan has been trapped in its own net as its foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, today to an English news channel that Masood Azhar was unwell so he cannot budge from his house. When the channel representative asked for his arrest he spoke in oft repeated line of asking evidence. It is worthwhile to mention here that terror mastermind Masood Azhar, whose Jaish-e-Mohammed carried out the Pulwama attack in which 40 Indian soldiers were killed, was in Pakistan, its foreign minister Qureshi has confirmed. This is the first official acknowledgement of India''s allegation that Masood Azhar operates from Pakistan. Masood Azhar is "unwell", so much that he "can''t even leave his house", Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview to to a channel. "He is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is very unwell. He is unwell to the extent that he cannot leave his house because he is really unwell. That''s the information I have," the Pakistani Foreign Minister said. Asked why not arrest him, "ill or not", given India''s allegations of his role in terror attacks, Mr Qureshi repeated Pakistan''s much-repeated line of "evidence" that stands legal scrutiny."If they (India) give us evidence which is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan - after all we will have to justify, they will go to court - and if they have solid, inalienable evidence, share it with us so that we can convince the people and convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan," said the minister. Meanwhile, India has been pushing for the UN listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a move torpedoed multiple times by China, which calls itself an all-weather ally of Pakistan. Masood Azhar''s Jaish-e-Mohammed was behind the 2001 attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base attack of 2016, the attack on an army camp in Kashmir''s Uri in 2016 and the suicide attack in Pulwama in which over 40 Central Reserve Police Force soldiers were killed on February 14. Amid grief and anger over the Pulwama terror attack, India renewed its call for a UN global terrorist tag on Masood Azhar. On 14th February, India had sent fighter planes to Pakistan for the first time in nearly 50 years, to target a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror training facility in Balakot. Pakistan''s subsequent attempt at airstrikes targeting Indian military facilities across the Line of Control led to the worst escalation between the neighbours in decades. Pakistan captured an Indian pilot who had ejected from his falling jet after an aerial duel with one of the Pakistani warplanes trying to target Indian facilities. However, according to Pakistan prime minister, Imran Khan wing commander Abhinandan is to be released by Pakistan today. Meanwhile, India has handed over a dossier to Pakistan with "specific details of Jaish''s complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan," government officials in Delhi said. The dossier gives details of the route taken by terrorists from Balakot, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to Jammu and Kashmir. Hindusthan Samachar/Pramod \
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