Following the pressure mounted on Islamabad by New Delhi and the global community for persistently harbouring terror on their soil, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's brother was taken into 'preventative detention for investigation' along with the 44 members of the banned terrorist outfits who were detained by Pakistani authorities.
Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of JeM's founder Azhar, and Hammad Azhar are among 44 people detained, not arrested, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi said at a press conference in Pakistan.
He said a dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar.
The crackdown on banned groups came amid tensions with India following a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14 by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that martyred 40 CRPF soldiers.
The Indian government on Wednesday handed over a dossier to Pakistan on "specific details" of involvement of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Republic TV has accessed the details mentioned in the dossier of investigation with regards to the Jaish module involved in the conspiracy of the attacks. Below are the points highlighted in the documents submitted by India.
The minister, however, said the action was not taken due to any pressure. In a letter of Pakistan officials, it was said, the action will continue as per the decisions taken in National Security Committee (NSC) while reviewing National Action Plan.
He further added that the crackdown will continue for two weeks and actions against the arrested members will be taken on the 'basis of evidence'. The minister said that his government's policy is that Pakistan's soil will not be allowed for terror activities against anyone.
The move came a day after Pakistan on Monday promulgated a law to streamline the procedure for the implementation of the UN sanctions against individuals and organisations.
Interpreting the order, Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said the order means that the government has taken over the control of assets and properties of all banned outfits operating in the country.
After providing safe haven to the world's most wanted man at one time, Osama bin Laden and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan, has now confessed to being in touch with Masood Azhar's JeM.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi prior to that, on Friday admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is "unwell", but said the government can act against him only if India presents "solid" and "inalienable" evidence that can stand in a court of law.
India also expressed regret at the denial by Pakistan's political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control.
(with PTI inputs)