Talibani spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has denied that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar was in Afghanistan, and stated he’s, actually, in Pakistan, Afghanistan’s native media outlet Tolo News stated.
This comes as Pakistan has written a letter to Afghanistan for the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Bol News reported citing sources and added that Maulana Masood Azhar might be current in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Kanhar areas.
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Nevertheless, reacting to the letter, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid stated, “The chief of the Jaesh-e-Mohammad group is just not right here in Afghanistan. This is a company which could possibly be in Pakistan. Anyway, he isn’t in Afghanistan and we’ve got not been requested something like this. We have now heard about it within the information. Our response is that this isn’t true,” reported Tolo News.
Furthermore, the Taliban-led Ministry of International Affairs (MoFA) stated that such allegations can have an effect on the relations between Kabul and Islamabad. “We additionally name on all events to chorus from such allegations missing any proof and documentation. Such media allegations can adversely have an effect on bilateral relations,” stated Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a Talibani spokesman stated.
This report comes after Paris-based worldwide watchdog Monetary Motion Activity Drive (FATF) pressured Islamabad to take motion towards a few of the UN-designated terrorists, providing the opportunity of getting out from the gray listing now.
Notably, Pakistan’s current motion on Lashkar e Taiba (LeT) operational commander Sajid Mir, which it saved on declaring useless till now, is the results of FATF’s persistent strain on Pakistan.
Pakistan maintains that Azhar is just not current in Pakistan and prone to be in Afghanistan. Regardless of claims by Pakistan that he’s not traceable, he continues to publish articles on Pakistani social media networks exhorting JeM cadres to bask in Jihad and eulogizing the Taliban takeover of Kabul, claiming that Taliban victory would open avenues for Muslim victories elsewhere, reported South Asia Press.