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Govt in touch with JeM leadership says Pak foreign minister

By Anuj Cariappa

New Delhi, Mar 02: Pakistan has said that it is in touch with the Jaish-e-Mohamamd leadership, a day after it admitted that the chief of the terror outfit, Maulana Masood Azhar was on its soil.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

In an interview with the BBC, Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the government has been in touch with the terror outfit. He however claimed that the HeM had not said it was behind the terror attack and that there was confusion over its role.

It may be recalled that following the Pulwama attack, the JeM had claimed responsibility through a statement issued by its spokesperson. The outfit had also circulated a video in which identified the car bomber as Adil Ahmed Dar.

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Qureshi, however said that there was confusion and the role of the outfit was not clear. He said that the JeM leadership was contacted and they had denied responsibility.

In an interview with CNN, Qureshi had said that Azhar is in Pakistan. He also said that he was unwell and not in a position to even leave his house. He also said to act against Azhar, India would first have to hand over proof that are acceptable in Pakistani courts.

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