Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi admits

Masood Azhar is in Pakistan

New Delhi, March 01. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has admitted that Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is “very unwell”, adding that Islamabad is open to “any step” that will lead to a de-escalation of tensions with India.

According to a report published on The Dawn,  Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that if India has “solid evidence” regarding Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar‘s involvement in the Pulwama attack, it should share that with Pakistan “so we can convince the judiciary and the people”.

According to The Dawn Qureshi made these remarks during an
interview with CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour regarding
Pakistan’s ongoing tensions with India, which was sparked by the Pulwama
incident and has since led to armed conflict at the Line of Control.

The Dawn reported
that Qureshi was asked how he would respond to Indian concerns regarding
Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). “My message to the Indians is that this is a new
government that has a new mindset. We want to live in peace. We have a
people-centric agenda. We want to concentrate on fixing the economy. We want to
improve governance and eradicate corruption in Pakistan. That’s the mandate
given to us.

We want to
see peace and reconciliation in Pakistan and the region. The western front is
consuming us; we do not want [escalation on the] eastern front. The policy of
our government is that we will not allow our soil to be used by any
organisation or individual for terrorism against anyone, and that includes
India.”

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