Pakistan Has Not Detained Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Maulana Masood: Intelligence Inputs

19/01/2016 10:06 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Maulana Masood Azhar, a Pakistani religious leader of a Islamic militant group fighting against Indian forces in the ongoing conflict along the Indian-held Kashmir border, arrives at Karachi airport on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000. Azhar and two other Islamic separatists were released by Indian authorities on Dec 31, 1999 after hijackers demanded their released in exchange for 150 passengers of an Indian Airlines plane. (AP Photo/Athar Hussain)

NEW DELHI -- Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has not been arrested nor has he been put under house arrest while three of his junior functionaries were detained in cases not connected with the Pathankot terror attack, officials have said.

Quoting intelligence inputs, government officials said no case has been registered against Azhar in connection with the Pathankot terror attack and there has been no visible action against the leader of the terror group responsible for many attacks in India.

Three junior-level functionaries of the JeM were detained by Pakistan's security agencies but only for possessing some incriminating documents, which have nothing to do with the January 2 attack on the Pathankot air base in which seven security personnel were killed, besides the six perpetrators.

Officials said initial reports of Azhar being detained for the Pathankot incident were completely false and suspected to be a propaganda by some Pakistani agencies.

Pakistan is yet to inform India if it has registered any criminal case against the JeM or any of its activists for the Pathankot attack.

The officials said since Pakistan has announced that several individuals belonging to JeM have been apprehended, it should also disclose under which law it has detained them and started the probe.

India has given to Pakistan information about certain mobile numbers which were used by the handlers of the six terrorists who stormed the sensitive air base in Punjab. There is no information on the identity of the owners of those numbers, they said.

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