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Pakistan puts Masood Azhar in jail

K J M Varma in Islamabad

Maulana Masood Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, one of the terrorist groups involved in the attack on Indian parliament, was on Sunday remanded to 90 days custody and shifted from his native Bahawalpur town to a prison in Sargodha range, a domestic news agency reported.

Azhar was shifted to Mianwali prison in Sargodha from his native town in the Punjab province, where the headquarters of JeM are located, NNI said. He would spend 90 days in detention, it added.

There was no word about Azhar's associates, who were also picked up along with him.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar had said on Saturday that 50 of JeM cadre were arrested while media reports said 94 of Azhar's associates, including four of his brothers, were arrested.

Though the crackdown on JeM followed the Indian demand and the US pressure to move against the terrorists, the Pakistan government said the drive against the group was for its alleged involvement in sectarian killings.

PTI

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