In the FATF plenary, India will call Pakistan for stating that Masood Azhar is missing

NEW DELHI: India plans to point out the inconsistency of Pakistan's claim that the supreme Jaish-e-Mohammad has disappeared. Pakistan has claimed his disappearance at numerous meetings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) last year.

The FATF plenary, which began in Paris on Sunday, will address Pakistan's file for discussion on Friday. Pakistan expects about 12 countries to speak in favor of removing it from the gray list. However, of the 27 action points that Pakistan needs to take to get there, it still needs to move forward 13. At the last review meeting in Beijing In January, Pakistan was considered to have taken satisfactory action at 14 action points.

In Azhar, Pakistan told the FATF that it could not file a FIR against it since it could not be found. It has not yet applied for its subsistence allowance from the UN Security Council, after Committee 1267 banned it in 2019. The committee allowed Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed to overcome Rs 1 lakh per month for expenses.

Following Pulwama's attack in February 2019, Pakistan announced an offensive against militant groups, including JeM. Seminars and buildings linked to JeM and other groups had been taken over by the government. Azhar's brother, Abdur Rauf, had been taken to pretrial detention along with another relative, Hamad Azhar, and dozens of others.

Azhar was believed to have been in protective custody of the government since 2016, but authorities did not confirm these reports. However, he used to launch audio messages for his followers. After Pulwama, he never released any video or audio message and the government also avoided talking about him and his whereabouts. Since March 2019, government sources stated several times that it had disappeared.

However, the Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi He told an interviewer in the weeks after Pulwama's attack that the JeM claimed that Azhar was definitely in Pakistan and sick, to the extent that he could not leave his home. At that time, Pakistan had promised to act against Azhar only if India presented evidence against him.

“It is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is ill to the extent that he cannot leave his house, because it is really wrong, Qureshi had said. “If they (India) have solid and inalienable evidence that is acceptable to the courts of Pakistan, share it with us so that we can convince the people and convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan. We need to satisfy the legal process, ”he said.