In a major improvement, an anti-terrorism court 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 (ATC) Gujranwala issued the warrant throughout a listening to in a terror financing case instituted by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police towards some members of the JeM.
“ATC Gujranwala choose Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar and directed the CTD to arrest him and current him within the court. The CTD instructed the choose the JeM chief was concerned in terror financing and promoting jihadi literature,” an official instructed PTI.
He mentioned the ATC choose issued the arrest warrant for Azhar on the request of a CTD inspector.
Azhar is believed to be hiding in a ‘secure 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 mentioned its groups raided the whereabouts of the JeM’s ‘secure 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 had been accumulating funds to finance actions of JeM. The chargesheet towards them has been submitted to the Anti-Terrorism Court Gujranwala and they’re being interrogated,” the CTD mentioned.
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 authorities additionally took management of the JeM, Mumbai terror assault mastermind Haifiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah (uD) and Falahai Insaniat Foundation (FIF) properties together with seminaries and mosques throughout the nation.
JeM had claimed accountability for the Pulwama terror assault that killed 40 Central Reserve Police Force 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.
According to the federal government, some 600 college students are finding out there and none of them is related to any banned outfit or concerned in any terror exercise.
In May 2019, the United Nations designated Azhar a “international 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 United Nations committee listed Azhar on May 1, 2019 as being related to Al Qaeda for ‘taking part within the financing, planning, facilitating, getting ready, or perpetrating of acts or actions by, along side, underneath the title of, on behalf of, or in help 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.
Azhar is a fugitive launched by India in trade of passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines 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 mentioned to be JeM’s largest coaching camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
The international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is instrumental in pushing Pakistan to take measures towards 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 Grey List 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.