New Delhi: Ever since India has lodged protest with Pakistan to take action against the perpetrators of Pathankot terror attacks, Islamabad appears to be tightening the noose around the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad.
In the recent development, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the attack, has been detained in Pakistan.
Here's all you need to know about terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad:
- The JeM was held responsible for the December 13, 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament in New Delhi.
- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a notification in 2001, designated the JeM as a foreign terrorist organisation.
- Like Lashkar-e-Toiba, JeM is controlled by Pakistan. It was formed by Maulana Masood Azhar in January 2000.
- The prime motive of this group is to separate Kashmir from India. It also pledges to take control of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Amritsar and Delhi.
- Though Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf had banned the group in 2002, it continues to operate in the country.
- JeM is notorious for carrying out fidayeen (suicide) terror attacks.
- The outfit has deep links with the former Taliban regime of Afghanistan and Al Qaeda.
- The outfit also claims that each of its offices in Pakistan would serve as schools of jihad.
- It also threatened to assassinate former Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.