India wants him, Pak uses Jaish chief to defuse mosque tension


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India wants him, Pak uses Jaish chief to defuse mosque tension

Pranab Dhal Samanta
Posted: Sunday , Jun 28, 2009 at 0520 hrs IST

Barely a few months after he went into hiding somewhere in North-West Pakistan to escape Indian diplomatic pressure in the wake of the Mumbai blasts, Jaish-e-Mohammed head Maulana Masood Azhar is believed to have returned to his base in Bahawalpur. And according to information with India, his return was facilitated after he helped the Pakistan government settle a fierce dispute brewing in Karachi’s Binori Mosque.

This was another serious addition to a series of indications from Pakistan that it was not serious about Indian concerns given the way anti-India outfits are crawling back to existence. Prompted by all of this and the latest status on Azhar, India has conveyed a strong message to US National Security Advisor Gen James Jones on Friday that Pakistan was being selective in its fight against terrorism.

It’s learnt that Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor briefed Jones on camps active across the Line of Control and gave the Indian Army’s assessment that the kind of infiltration witnessed some months back could not have been possible without support of the Pakistan Army. Jones did not contest this but did feel that top military officials of both sides ought to speak to each other more often to build more confidence.But it is the circumstances leading to Azhar’s return to Bahawalpur that has frustrated the Indian security establishment. According to reliable sources, it started in March-April with the powerful Pak Deobandis in Binori Mosque deciding to take over mosques belonging to Barelwis in the area.

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