Masood Azhar’s brother detained

Terror attack site in Pulwama

Under immense pressure from International communities to crack down on the terror operatives inside their country, Pakistani authorities have reportedly detained 44 members of terror outfits.  The detainees include Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Masood Azhar.

The move came on Tuesday as Masood Azhar, the chief Jaish-e-Mohammad, which was responsible for the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir last month, is facing a possible blacklisting by the UN Security Council shortly.

The Pulwama attack on an Indian security convoy  had left at least 40 personnel martyred on February 14. The incident had enraged  world communities with the US, the UK and France moving a proposition in the UNSC to brand Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

At the same time the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had issued warning to Pakistan over terror funding. It is reported that FATF has identified 8,707 suspicious transaction 2018, as against 5,548 in 2017 in that country.  FATF has opined that terrorism would not take place without funding and circulation of money among terror backers.

Analysts, however, are skeptical about the impact of the detention, as such exercises from Pakistani authorities had proved to be sham actions in the past.


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