Centre Is Keeping Close Watch On Pak's Action On Masood Azhar's Arrest, Says BJP

14/01/2016 11:23 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
** FILE ** Maulana Masood Azhar, the imprisoned leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, or Army of Mohammed, which was outlawed by Pakistan's government and declared terrorist group by the U.S. government, waves from a police van at the High Court in Lahore in this March 22, 2002 file photo. An appeals court in Lahore Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 ordered the head of one of the country's main Islamic militant groups released from house arrest, adding to a growing list of radicals freed in recent months. (AP Photo/str, File)

NEW DELHI -- Amid reports of detention of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar by Pakistan in connection with the Pathankot terror attack, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the government is keeping a close watch on everything and will take appropriate action.

"The confirmation regarding the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief is yet to be obtained from the Pakistani Government. The Government of India is keeping a close eye on everything and will take appropriate action, BJP leader Siddharthnath Singh told ANI.

"Therefore, we should wait for the response from the government," he added.

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Pakistan has detained several militants belonging to JeM, including Masood Azhar, and sealed its offices, reported Pakistan media on Wednesday.

Media reports suggested that Azhar was also taken into protective custody and was being questioned.

However, the Ministry of External Affairs later in the evening said there was no official confirmation from Islamabad on the arrest of Azhar.

"We have no official confirmation on the arrest of JeM chief Masood Azhar. We have seen the press release that has been put out by the Pakistani side, but we have no official confirmation on the arrest," said Swarup.

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