Olive branch to India? Pakistan cracks down on Jaish-e-Mohammed; to send probe team to Pathankot

NEW DELHI: Several members of Jaish-e-Mohammad have been arrested in Pakistan, says PM Nawaz Sharif’s office said in a statement.

News of the arrests comes 48 hours before a rare meeting between the foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed rivals is tentatively scheduled to take place.

The statement added that the offices of the group have been traced and sealed. Pakistan will also send their investigators to Pathankot for further probe.

There are also reports that Pakistan is conducting raids as part of their investigation in the Pathankot terror attack.

Earlier, aw enforcement agencies have also picked up “some suspects” connected to Pathankot airbase attack from Bahwalapur district, the hometown of Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. “The intelligence agencies have picked up some suspects from Bahawalpur on the leads provided by India in Pathankot airbase attack and shifted them to undisclosed location for interrogation,” Pakistani news channel ARY News had reported.

On Wednesday, there were reports that India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks may be postponed following the Pathankot terror attacks. Ministry of External Affairs sources told the media that the decision on holding FS level talks is likely to be taken on Thursday. They pointed out that it was Pakistan, not India which had announced the dates for talks.

MEA sources had said that India is ‘waiting for Pakistan to act against terrorists’ following the attacks on the Pathankot air base on January 2.

With agency inputs