New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, the Foreign Minister of the country Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed during an interview with a TV channel. Reiterating his demand, he asked India for an ‘actionable evidence’ against him in connection with the Pulwama terror attack. The minister also asserted that the JeM leader is unwell and cannot leave his house.Pakistan’s admission comes amidst escalating tension with India over Pulwama terror attack. (Live updates on India-Pakistan standoff)
“He is in Pakistan. According to my information. he’s very unwell. He is unwell to the extent that he cannot leave his house,” Qureshi said while speaking to CNN. On being asked why he hasn’t been arrested yet for his involvement in Pulwama terror attack, the minister sought for an ‘evidence’.
Earlier on Wednesday, India had handed over a dossier to Pakistan on ‘specific details’ of involvement of Masood Azhar-led JeM in the Pulwama terror attack,in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on February 14 as an explosive-laden vehicle was rammed into a bus in the convoy of the jawans.
“A dossier was handed over to Pakistani side with specific details of JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
“Regret was expressed at continuing denial by Pakistan’s political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control,” it added while claiming that the neighbour was conveyed that it is expected to take immediate and verifiable action against terrorism emanating from territories under its control.
Tension escalated between India and Pakistan following terror attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. In retaliation, India on Tuesday carried ‘pre-emptive’ strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot during wee hours. Pakistan in return violated Indian airspace on Wednesday. However, their jets were pushed back by the Indian Air Force.