For the first time in last 13 years, Pakistan based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM did not publish its weekly mouthpiece Al-qalam.
The Peshawar-based publication of the Urdu weekly has never stopped since its first issue in 2006.
JeM has been using this paper to publish its propaganda and collect funds. JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar also writes his column under pen name ‘sadi’ for the mouthpiece.
Earlier India Today TV’s report, titled ‘Balakot Tapes’ revealed that despite a purported crackdown by Pakistani government, JeM was not only publishing its weekly paper but also openly collecting funds across various cities in Pakistan.
As part of the operation, India Today TV’s undercover reporters used the advertisements published in Al-qalam weekly to trap JeM operatives who even gave out bank account details used with JeM to collect funds.
While this could have led to the recent development, there are chances that the Pakistan government may have had a role to play in halting operations of the Jaish mouthpiece.
In a message released by JeM, its chief Maulana Masood Azhar informed his supporters that the week’s paper could not be published but assured that the terror group will continue its efforts to