Indian Airforce on early hours of Wednesday, inflicted heavy damage on terrorist organisation Jaish-e-mohammed by bombing its basses and training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and Pakistani mainland. It is being assessed that around 200-300 terrorists were killed in the attacks. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, in his press conference also claimed that several close relatives of Jaish-e-mohammed supremo, Maulana Masood Azhar also died in the attacks.
Among the dead is JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother-in-law, Maulana Yousuf Azhar alias Ustad Ghouri, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale announced. He was also known by the name Mohammed Salim. Yousuf Azhar was on the list of Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) and among India’s Most Wanted terrorists.
Apart from Azhar’s brother in law, it is also being believed that Jaish supremo’s elder brother Ibrahim Azhar was also killed, though nothing about him can be confirmed yet.
It may be recalled that Yousuf Azhar was one of the terrorists who had hijacked the Indian Airline flight IC-814 to Kandahar in 1999. India had to release JeM chief Masood Azhar in exchange for the passengers who were onboard the Indian aircraft.
Three years later, in 2002, India had given to Pakistan a list of 20 fugitives and that list had included the name of Yousuf Azhar.
A year later, in 2000, the Interpol had issued a red-corner notice against Yousuf Azhar upon a request from the Indian Central of Investigation (CBI). The Interpol had mentioned Yousuf Azhar’s birthplace as Pakistan’s Karachi city.
Yousuf Azhar, who is wanted in India for ‘hijacking, murder and kidnapping’, is believed to be fluent in Urdu and Hindi languages.
The Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, which was today targeted by the Indian Air Force in a non-military, pre-emptive strike, was being run by Yousuf Azhar. It has been learned that at the camp, recorded speeches of senior Jaish leaders including of chief Maulana Masood Azhar were played. The speeches used to carry provocative propaganda aimed at instigating terror attacks in the name of Jihad.
Once their training were completed, the terrorists were provided with sophisticated arms and ammunition, communication devices and logistical items. They were then infiltrated into the Indian territory.