In a major growth, an anti-terrorism courtroom in Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for banned Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the costs of terror financing.
The Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) Gujranwala issued the warrant throughout a listening to in a terror financing case instituted by the Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) of Punjab police in opposition to some members of the JeM.
“ATC Gujranwala decide Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar and directed the CTD to arrest him and current him within the courtroom. The CTD informed the decide the JeM chief was concerned in terror financing and promoting jihadi literature,” an official informed PTI.
He stated the ATC decide issued the arrest warrant for Azhar on the request of a CTD inspector.
Masood Azhar hiding in Bahawalpur
Azhar is believed to be hiding in a “protected place” in his native city – Bahawalpur.
Following the Palwama terror assault in February 2019 in India, Pakistan’s Punjab province police had launched a crackdown on terrorism financing and on this connection arrested six activists of the JeM in Gujranwala, some 130kms from Lahore.
The CTD stated its groups raided the whereabouts of the JeM’s “protected home” and arrested its members — Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Amir, Allah Ditta, Muhammad Iftikhar, Muhammad Ajmal and Muhammad Bilal Makki — and recovered lakhs of rupees from their possession.
“The suspects have been gathering funds to finance actions of JeM. The chargesheet in opposition to them has been submitted to the Anti-Terrorism Court docket Gujranwala and they’re being interrogated,” the CTD stated.
Following immense worldwide strain after the Pulwama assault, the Pakistan authorities had arrested over 100 members of banned militant outfits together with the JeM chief’s son and brother.
The federal government additionally took management of the JeM, Mumbai terror assault mastermind Haifiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (uD) and Falahai Insaniat Basis (FIF) properties together with seminaries and mosques throughout the nation.
JeM deliberate, executed Pulwama terror assault
JeM had claimed duty for the Pulwama terror assault that killed 40 CRPF troopers.
Pakistan’s Punjab authorities claimed to have taken over the executive management of the JeM headquarters – comprising Madressatul Sabir and Jama-e-Masjid Subhanallah – in Bahawalpur.
In line with the federal government, some 600 college students are learning there and none of them is related to any banned outfit or concerned in any terror exercise.
In Might 2019, the United Nations designated Azhar a “world terrorist” after China lifted its maintain on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based JeM chief, a decade after New Delhi approached the world physique for the primary time on the difficulty.
The UN committee listed Azhar on Might 1, 2019 as being related to Al-Qaeda for “collaborating within the financing, planning, facilitating, getting ready, or perpetrating of acts or actions by, together with, underneath the identify of, on behalf of, or in assist of”, “supplying, promoting or transferring arms and associated materials to”, “recruiting for”, “in any other case supporting acts or actions of”, and “different acts or actions indicating affiliation with” the JeM.
Masood Azhar and IC-814 hijacking
Azhar is a fugitive launched by India in alternate of passengers of the hijacked Indian Airways aircraft IC-814 in 1999.
After his launch in 1999, Azhar shaped the Jaish-e-Mohammed and scripted many audacious terror strikes in India.
On February 26, 2019 India had launched air strikes on what was stated to be JeM’s greatest coaching camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The worldwide terror financing watchdog Monetary Motion Job Drive (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures in opposition to terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan and utilizing its territory to hold out assaults in India and elsewhere.
The Paris-based FATF positioned Pakistan on the Gray Record in June 2018 and requested Islamabad to implement a plan of motion to curb cash laundering and terror financing by the tip of 2019 however the deadline was prolonged afterward as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.