Security agencies have arrested Jash-e-Muhammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar, who has been taken under custody. He, along with his brother, has been arrested in a raid in Bahawalpur. 

Before the arrest of Azhar today arrested several other members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which is suspected of masterminding the Pathankot attack. Police had arrested alleged militants after raiding a maddrassa at Azam Chowk, Bahawalpur who were reported as 'members of a banned organization'.

Pakistan's prime minister's office said in a statement that the offices of the group were being traced and sealed, and that the government wants to send a team of special investigators to the Pathankot air base in India for further investigation.

News of the arrests comes 48 hours before a rare meeting between the foreign secretaries of the nuclear-armed rivals is tentatively scheduled to take place.

Earlier today Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level security meeting in Islamabad. According to reports the participants have showed satisfaction with progress on fight against terrorism.

Sources reveal that it has been decided in the meeting that Pakistan will cooperate with Indian in investigation regarding Pathankot attack . “Some workers of banned organization have been arrested and their offices have been shut down,” the PM was told.

Furthermore an investigation team will be sent to Pathankot airbase for joint investigation regarding the attack.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Raheel Sahrif, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was also present in the meeting.