While rejecting any reports of the presence Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has released a statement.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, has took it to Twitter, stating that, “IEA-MoFA rejects media reports asserting that Jaish-e-Mohammed group leader, Masood Azhar, has sought refuge in Afghanistan. We reiterate that IEA does not allow any armed oppositions in its territory to operate against any other country
The statement further added, “We also call on all parties to refrain from such allegations lacking any proof and documentation. Such media allegations can adversely affect bilateral relations.”
In the early hours of Tuesday, the foreign ministry of Pakistan has written a letter to the Taliban in Afghanistan to trace and nab Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. Pakistan has been under Western pressure to act against Masood Azhar, an UN-designated terrorist.
Pakistan has written a letter to the Foreign Ministry of Taliban, asking authorities in Afghanistan to locate and arrest Azhar. Several media reports from Pakistan have reported that, “Maulana Masood Azhar is most likely hiding in Nangarhar province or Kunar province of Afghanistan, the letter added.”
Moreover, Pakistan has been facing pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to take action against some UN-designated terrorists if they want to get out of the grey list.
According to several media reports, “Masood Azhar continues to publish articles on Pakistani social media network urging JeM cadres to engage in jihad & praising the Taliban takeover of Kabul, claiming that Taliban victory would open windows for Muslim victories elsewhere.”