In what was being confirmed as an official report over the detention of JeM chief Masood Azhar in Pakistan, foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that there had been no official confirmation from Pakistan over the arrest of Masood Azhar.
Pakistani media had, earlier on Wednesday afternoon, reported that Masood Azhar had been detained along with a few of his associates in the city of Bahawalpur in Pakistan. Though the JeM offices were raided and sealed in Pakistan and several operatives were arrested, there was no official confirmation over the arrest of Masood Azhar, India said.
Masood Azhar, Chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, has been confirmed as the mastermind behind the Pathankot terror attack where seven Indian jawans were killed. The JeM chief is also accused of attacking the Indian parliament in 2001.
After the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan received direct pressure to swiftly investigate into the matter so that further FSA-level talks could take place with India as scheduled. The United States also condemned the terror attack and demanded immediate investigation from Pakistan.
Pakistan Federal Minister Lt General Abdul Qader said that no case had been registered against Masood Azhar in Pakistan that is why he could not be arrested according to Pakistan’s law.