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Watch video: Here’s what Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif did when asked about JeM chief Masood Azhar


Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is in Samarkand to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, did not respond to a question on Friday related to Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.

Shehbaz Sharif was asked whether he would take action against the JeM chief, a UN-designated global terrorist.

As the correspondent posed the question to the Pakistan Prime Minister who was going with his delegation, he chose not to respond and went ahead.

“Sharif Sahab, please take a small question, will you take a question on Masood Azhar, will you take action against him?” the correspondent asked.

Sharif’s security personnel also sought to dissuade the journalist from asking the question. “I think it’s enough, please,” one of them was heard as saying.

Pakistan has been on (Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list since 2018. Pakistan’s record on the flow of funds into terrorist activities has been under sustained scrutiny by FATF.

Media reports said that Pakistan had sent a letter to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan days ahead of an inspection by the monitors from FATF seeking the arrest of Masood Azhar.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are engaged in a fresh diplomatic spat over the JeM chief.

On Wednesday, Talibani spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied that Azhar was in Afghanistan, and said he is, in fact, in Pakistan, as per Tolo News.

“The leader of the Jaesh-e-Mohammad group is not here in Afghanistan. This is an organization which could be in Pakistan. Anyway, he is not in Afghanistan and we have not been asked anything like this. We have heard about it in the news. Our reaction is that this is not true,” he said.


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