Pakistan has detained two close relatives of the leader of militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Masood Azhar, as part of a new crackdown against militant groups, the interior ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
Pakistan also chose to return its envoy Sohail Mahmood to Delhi, and keep alive the Kartarpur corridor talks scheduled next week.
India's diplomatic initiative to ensure Pakistan takes action against terrorist groups and winds up the terror training infrastructure was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, according to the person mentioned above.
The Interior Ministry said that the actions will continue as per the decisions taken by the National Security Committee (NSC).
Accepting Pakistan is acting on terror groups but not on "anybody's pressure", Ghafoor said that "instead of blaming Pakistan, world should assist Pakistan, facilitate Pakistan in getting rid of such organisations".
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack does not exist in Pakistan, the military's spokesperson has said. "We have to take some real action".
Addressing a press conference, Pakistan Interior minister Shaharyar Afridi announced the news.
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Secretary Khan said: "This is across the board - we don't want to give the impression that we are against one organisation".
The dossier shared by India with Pakistan last week also contained names of Mufti Abdur Rauf and Hammad Azhar, Afridi said.
India last week handed over the dossier to Pakistan to take action against the JeM, as pressure mounted on Islamabad to take action against individual and organisation listed by the UN Security Council as terrorists.
Khan further stated, "If we have to take over any organization's assets, we will do so".
Azhar and Saeed have never been prosecuted under the Pakistan's Anti Terrorism Act, 1997, another official said. In case Pakistan fails to keep its promises, it might find itself being moved from the "grey" list to the "black" list, making it even more hard for Pakistan to get funding from worldwide organisations such as the World Bank. "I am happy the government is taking a tough stand against them", he said.
Meanwhile, the interior ministry said in a statement that a high-level meeting was held on March 4 to implement National Action Plan (NAP).
There is every possibility that the detention could also be an attempt by the Pakistan Army to provide security to these terrorists, given the "fear psychosis" that has gripped Pakistan in the past few days following the Indian Air Force strike at Balakot, the official said.