Pakistan launches crackdown on terror groups, India unimpressed

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The minister said action would be taken against all the proscribed organisations.

The government of Pakistan has taken 44 members of banned outfits, including Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar, the brother and son of Jaish-e-Muhammad's chief Masood Azhar, into "preventive detention for investigation", interior ministry officials said on Tuesday.

Khan further stated, "If we have to take over any organization's assets, we will do so". "Our effort will be to see that there is demonstrable action", the person mentioned above said, adding that New Delhi had, in the past, seen Pakistan take some superficial steps such as holding people in preventive custody.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the Pakistani armed forces, has said the Jaish-e-Mohammed does not exist in his country. "So, that's the information I have", Qureshi told CNN in an interview. Since then, the JeM has been involved in terror attacks in India.

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In June 2018, Pakistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen its Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism AML/CFT regime and to address its strategic counter-terrorism financing-related deficiencies by implementing a 10-point action plan to accomplish these objectives. He said anybody could be taken into custody if more evidence were found.

When asked whether Pakistan will request its close ally China to veto the resolution once again in the UNSC, Qureshi said his government will try to build a consensus among all parties and do what's in Pakistan's interests.

However, the Indian official, who wished to remain anonymous, said India wants "Naya Pakistan", as Prime Minister Imran Khan has branded it, to take "naya action" on terrorists, and not put "old wine in a new bottle".

At least some of those held are thought to be named in an Indian dossier handed to the Pakistani authorities investigating last month's Pulwama suicide attack.

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According to a top government source here, Pakistan has chose to launch a crackdown on terror outfits, including JeM and its chief Azhar, in order to de-escalate the tensions with India and the action is "expected any time soon". "We are taking the action under our responsibility", he said.

The two NSAs also have discussed the fresh proposal being considered by the UN Security Council's sanctions committee to designate Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

In the past, some militants have faced legal action in Pakistan, before later being released.

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