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Maulana Masood Azhar's brother among 44 arrested in crackdown against banned outfits

Secretary Interior said names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar were included on the dossier shared by Indian government.

By Web Desk
March 05, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday arrested 44 members of banned outfits including a brother of Maulana Masood Azhar.

State Minister for Information Minister Shehryar Afiri said at a  press conference that the action is not result of any pressure.

Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Maulana Azhar, and Hammad Azhar are among those arrested during the crackdown.

The minister said the  action would be taken against all the proscribed  organizations. 

Secretary Interior said dossier shared by Indian government with Pakistan also contained names of   Mufti Abdur  Rauf and Hammad Azhar.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir said the crackdown was launched as part of National Action Plan (NAP), adding that the people arrested during the crackdown offered no resistance  as law enforcers took them into custody.

He said number of detainees would  rise as  the crackdown was expected to continue for days.