Amid international pressure, Pakistan launched a massive crackdown against banned terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
The country went ahead and arrested Mufti Rauf Asghar, brother of JeM chief Masood Azhar and Hammad Azhar, son of Masood Azhar.
It was said to be a preventive custody.
State Minister for Interior Affairs Shahryar Afridi confirmed the development and said 44 people affiliated with the banned organization have been arrested so far.
The arrest of Rauf Asghar sends a clear message that Pakistan has buckled under India’s pressure because Rauf is only next to Masood Azhar in Jaish’s hierarchy.
The decision to crackdown on JeM was taken after Pakistan had assured the international community that it will take action against JeM and other terror groups operating from Pakistani soil.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani interior ministry secretary added that the JeM men will be released if no evidence is brought up against them.