State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Tuesday (March 5) while speaking at a press conference said that 44 members affiliated with proscribed organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar’s brother, Mufti Abdul Rauf, and son, Hammad Azhar, into “preventive detention” under the National Action Plan.
“It was decided to speed up action against all proscribed organisations. In compliance, 44 under-observation members of proscribed organisations, including Mufti Abdul Raoof and Hamad Azhar, have been taken in preventive detention for investigation,” it said. “These actions will continue, as per the decisions taken in National Security Committee [meeting] while reviewing National Action Plan.”
“We won’t let anyone use Pakistani soil against anyone so that no force can intervene in Pakistan’s domestic issues. We are taking the action under our responsibility,” he said. “In the first phase of our action we have taken 44 people into protective custody,” he said.
The interior secretary further revealed that Mufti Abdul Rauf and Hammad Azhar were named in the Indian dossiers sent to Pakistan aftermath Pulwama attack added that “If we have to take over any [organisation’s] assets, we will do so. Assets can be taken over of organisations already declared as proscribed, under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997”.
“If we obtain any further evidence or if we have to investigate any organisation, the government can take any organisation[‘s leaders] into custody at any time.” “In order to implement National Action Plan (NAP), a high-level meeting was held in the Ministry of Interior on March 4, attended by all representatives of all provincial governments,” said a statement by the ministry. “These actions will continue, as per the decisions taken in National Security Committee (NSC) while reviewing NAP.”
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23 June, 2019