Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar dead: Reports


    Radhika Dhawad | Mar 3, 2019 18:06

    It has been widely speculated that Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar is dead. However, as of now, there's no official confirmation from Pakistan.
    Maulana Masood Azhar

    Speculations are rife that the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar is dead. However as per reports, Pakistan government is yet to make any official confirmation on the same. If the local media reports of Pakistan are to be believed, Azhar was seriously injured during the air strike carried out by the IAF in February.

    Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had confessed that Azhar was in Pakistan. He said that the JeM chief was keeping unwell and wasn’t in a condition to even leave his house.

    As per some reports from Islamabad, the JeM founder was undergoing dialysis in an army hospital at Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Other reports claimed that Azhar died in a hospital after getting seriously injured in the recent air strike conducted by India.

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    In 1999, Indian Airlines Flight 814 (IC 814) was hijacked by Harkat-ul-Mujahideen with support from Pakistan’s ISI to free Azhar and two other terrorists who were in Indian custody.

    JeM was responsible for the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred. Masood Azhar was the founder and leader of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed.