Pakistan Wants to Help India But Can’t Find JeM Chief Masood Azhar

An exclusive report on NDTV claims JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar is missing from Pakistan.  

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Nawaz Sharif might have taken the step forward, but things are still moving very slowly. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

On Wednesday night NDTV had an exclusive report claiming Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Maulana Masood Azhar has gone missing and might be in Afghanistan.

The primetime debate on The Buck Stops Here, hosted by Barkha Dutt, discussed precisely that and how Pakistan has been contradicting its own stand about his status.

On the panel were Doctor Ayesha Siddiqua, Former High Commissioner to Pakistan Parthasarthy, BJP Spokesperson Nalin Kohli, Union Minister Manish Tiwari and Pakistan State Minister for Privatisation Muhammad Zubair.

Also read: Things You Need To Know About Jaish-e-Mohammed and Masood Azhar

When asked for a reaction on the recent update, Nalin Kohli said that going by the history, it was better not to have any expectations from Pakistan. Manish Tiwari said, that if JeM was involved in the Pathankot attack, then Azhar’s arrest should be India’s main concern.

Siddiqua said, the remarks from “Pakistani sources” of not being able to arrest Azhar, is just another way of Pakistan saying that “we don’t intend to arrest him.”

The debate then turned towards the intentions of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s intention of helping India solve Pathankot attack. Parathasarthy remarked that although Nawaz Sharif is pushing hard to make a move, things might not be in his control.

“Decisions are not made in Islamabad, but in Rawal Pindi,” he said suggesting Nawaz Sharif was easy to deal with but the same cannot be said for Pakistan Army Chief Raheel Sharif.

Asked if India should support the civilian Pakistan government, to strengthen its hold on the country, Manish Tiwari disagreed. He said given the history between India and Pakistan, any help from India will only make the civilian government weaker.

In conclusion, Zubair remarked that although Pakistan government was doing its best to solve the case, the delay in FIR was due to lack of evidence from India’s side. To this, citing the similarities in Indo-Pak police system, Zubair replied that no evidence was needed to file an FIR.

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