Pakistan has frozen the bank accounts of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and more than 5,100 terror suspects, who had over Rs 40 crore in their accounts, Geo News reported. Azhar has been “protective custody” in Pakistan since a militant attack on an Army base in India's Pathankot in January.
A senior official of the State Bank of Pakistan told PTI: "Following a request of the Ministry of Interior, we have frozen accounts of all top suspected terrorists, including Masood Azhar, son of Allah Bux." The ministry reportedly issued three lists of suspects, including around 1,200 suspects listed in category 'A' of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. Suspects in this category are ones the government believes to be of exceptional or high risk.
The National Counter Terrorism Authority sent the list to the SBP earlier this month. More than 3,078 accounts were from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, 1,443 from Punjab, 226 from Sindh, 193 from Balochistan, 106 from Gilgit-Baltistan, 27 from the Islamabad Capital Territory and 26 from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Other suspects on the list include a cleric of Islamabad's Lal Masjid Maulana Aziz, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leaders Maulvi Ahmed Ludhianvi and Aurangzeb Faroogi, Matiur Rehman of al-Qaeda, Mansoor alias Ibrahim of Tehreek-e-Taliban and Qari Ehsan alias Ustad Huzaifa and Ramzan Mengal of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi.
Indian believes that the attack on an army installation in Kashmir's Uri was carried out by Azhar's group, which is based out of Pakistan. The attack that took place on September 18 left 19 soldiers dead.