Masood Azhar, first accused in Pulwama chargesheet still sheltered by Pak: MEA

Masood Azhar

New Delhi (NVI): India today hit out at Pakistan for sheltering Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, the main accused in 2019 Pulwama attack, saying that enough evidence has been shared but Islamabad continues to evade responsibility. 

The Ministry of External Affairs statement came just two days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge-sheet against Masood Azhar, his brother Rauf Asghar and 17 other accused in connection with the February 2019 terror attack at Pulwama in South Kashmir that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel.

“The charge sheet has been filed after investigation of an year and half since the attack took place on 14 February 2019. It has been filed to address the act of terrorism and to bring perpetrators of such a heinous crime to justice. Our aim is not to simply issue statements or notifications,” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said while addressing the weekly media briefing here.

“Jaish e Mohammad had claimed the responsibility of Pulwama attack. The organization and its leadership is in Pakistan.  It is regrettable that Masood Azhar, the first accused in the chargesheet continues to find shelter in Pakistan. Enough evidence has been shared with Pakistan but it continues to evade responsibility,” he said.

Srivastava also added that Pakistan has not yet taken any credible action against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack of 2008 which resulted in loss of 165 innocent lives including 25 foreign nationals.