Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has denied that Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar was in Afghanistan, and said he is in fact in Pakistan, Afghanistan’s local media outlet Tolo News said.
This comes as Pakistan has written a letter to Afghanistan for the arrest of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Bol News reported citing sources as saying that Maulana Masood Azhar may be from Nangarhar and Kanhar in Afghanistan. is present in the areas.
However, reacting to the letter, Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, “The leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed group is not here in Afghanistan. This is an organization that can be in Pakistan. Anyway, he is in Afghanistan.” No and we have not been asked anything like this. We have heard about it in the news. Our response is that it is not true,” Tolo News reported.
Furthermore, the Taliban-led Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said such allegations could affect relations between Kabul and Islamabad. “We also call on all parties to refrain from making such allegations without any evidence and documents. Such media allegations can adversely affect bilateral relations,” said Abdul Kahar Balkhi, a Taliban spokesman.
The report comes after Paris-based international watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) forced Islamabad to act against some UN-designated terrorists, now offering the possibility of being left out of the gray list. .
Notably, Pakistan’s recent crackdown on Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Operational Commander Sajid Mir, whom it continues to declare dead till now, is a result of continued pressure from FATF on Pakistan.
Pakistan maintains that Azhar is not present in Pakistan and is likely to be in Afghanistan. Despite Pakistan’s claim that he cannot be traced, he continues to publish articles on Pakistani social media networks encouraging JeM cadres to join jihad and praising the Taliban takeover of Kabul. There are claims that a Taliban victory will open the way for Muslim victories elsewhere, reported South Asia Press.
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