Jaish-e-Mohammad infrastructure is intact, Azhar not questioned even once
However a cloud overshadowed that visit when the Pakistan sponsored Jaish-e-Mohammad launched an an attack on the Pathankot air force station.
India allowed a team of Pakistan investigators to visit Pathankot and probe the matter. The website of the NIA continues to proudly display a photograph of the Pakistan investigating team holding talks with the Indian agency. These sugar coated exercises look nice, but the reality is everyone knew that Pakistan would not act against the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
A reputed NGO, the International Crisis Group has pointed out that the probe in Pakistan has gone nowhere and how the Jaish-e-Mohammad's infrastructure remained intact.
Jaish-e-Mohammad's infrastructure is intact:
The Jaish-e-Mohammad is headquartered in Bhawalpur. The report by the ICG points out that its infrastructure remains intact. Further it also points out that there is little progress in the probe made by Pakistan. Maulana Masood Azhar remains inaccessible to police investigators.
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Rauf, brother of Azhar remains in the good books of the military. The infrastructure at Bhawalpur remains intact.
The report also quotes local observers while stating that the Jaish-e-Mohammad continues to run a training cell on a main Bahawalpur road toward Ahmedpur tehsil, which attracts youngrecruits from around southern Punjab.
The report also states that the January 2016 Pathankot attack raised Jaish's profile considerably in its Bahawalpur home district, as the 2008 Mumbai attacks raised LeT/JD's.
Unless the state prosecutes their leaders and dismantles their networks, it will reinforce the allure of radical Islamist organisations that appear to be above the law.
Further the report also notes that groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad offer a sense of power and prestige to the disenfranchised youth.