New Delhi: Reports have emerged that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and terrorist Masood Azhar is dead.
Pakistan’s government is yet to make the official claim but as per the local media reports from Pakistan, Azhar was seriously injured during the air strike carried out by the IAF. However, a minister in Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s cabinet has claimed that the terror commander’s condition is very critical and is currently undergoing treatment in Pakistan.
Speculations about his death are circulating on Twitter and many are saying that the terror chief was killed in Balakot air strike conducted by the IAF. However, few others are saying that it’s just another diversionary tactics by Pakistan after Inda’s pressure. Masood Azhar was the founder and leader of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed which was active mainly in the PoK.
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Recently, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during an interview to CNN had admitted that JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar was in Pakistan but added that he is very unwell and is not in a position to even leave his house. Azhar’s group was responsible for the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.
Though there was no credible confirmation about the number of casualties, and Pakistani establishment remaining in denial mode, a video clip of Masood Azhar’s brother Maulana Ammar had surfaced on Saturday where he can be heard accepting that the Balakot camp had taken a hit. The recording is said to be from a public function organized in Peshawar after the air strike.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also accepted on television that Masood Azhar was in Pakistan and that he was not well. Another report from Islamabad said the JeM founder was undergoing dialysis in a Pakistan army hospital.
Reports claimed that after getting seriously injured in the air strike, Masood Azhar died in a hospital.