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Congress Warns Modi Government To Be Wary Of Pakistan

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 22: Congress candidate Sandeep Dikshit during an interview with Hindustan Times at his house on March 22, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Dikshit on Friday filed his nomination papers from East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Dikshit faces a three-cornered contest in the constituency as BJP has fielded Maheish Girri while AAP’s Rajmohan Gandhi is the other main contender. (Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Congress party on Thursday welcomed the reports of detention of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar in connection with the Pathankot terrorist attack, but warned the Centre to be wary of Pakistan as they had arrested 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack mastermind Hafiz Sayeed also in the past, only to let him go later.

"Jaish-e-Mohammed chief being arrested is a welcome step, however, I would put a lot of caution to that. Even in the past they have detained Hafiz Sayeed, a case was filed and ultimately they found that there was no evidence against him despite overwhelming evidence given by India, and finally he was let free. Pakistan does these things to create an illusion and they do not do anything substantial," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.

"So, just arresting him so that talks can go on and internationally Pakistan can give an image that they are against terrorism, I do not think it holds good," he added

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

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

However, the MEA late on Wednesday evening said there was no official confirmation from Islamabad on the arrest of Masood 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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