CLAIM FROM PAK: Pakistan freezes assets of Jaish — but for how long?

The engine of the crashed Pakistani MiG16 jet, with soldiers standing by

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has frozen the assets of Jaish e Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and effected a travel ban on Jaish operatives. Thursday. The actions followed strong international pressure and offensive from the Indian side. But, Pakistan is known for deceit, and its actions might not amount to more than a temporary defensive operation. Masood Azhar is under the protective custody of the Pakistani military.

Azhar claimed to be undergoing treatment for some ailment in a military hospital. He had reportedly ordered the Pulwama suicide bomb attack from his hospital bed.

The Union Cabinet is set to meet Thursday evening with Prime Minister Modi in the chair to take stock of the situation. The cabinet is likely to decide on the future course of action with regard to the critical situation along the LoC where Pakistani fighter jets dropped two bombs on Wednesday before they were driven back by the Indian Air Force. 

Pakistan is yet to confirm it lost a fighter jet on the skies above the LoC in Wednesday’s air offensive. Indian media came up with picture of the engine of the crashed fighter jet of the-Pakistani Air Force, with Pakistani military officials standing by. 


Meanwhile, in another jolt to Pakistan, the UAE hosting an OIC meet in Abu Dhabi this week has rejected Pakistan’s plea to exclude India from the meet. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited by the UAE and OIC as the Guest of Honour at the OIC meet, and Pakistan had taken objection to this. It is clear on Thursday that the UAE and OIC simply ignored the Pakistani call. In response, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi stated Thursday that he would boycott the meet. This is fresh instance of Pakistan’s complete isolation from the international community, point out Indian diplomatic sources. –IHN=NN

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