Several media reports started circulating on Sunday evening which suggested that Jaish-e-mohammed supremo, Maulana Masood Azhar may have died. The reports further claimed that he was perhaps staying in the same terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, on which Indian Airforce dropped bombs on Tuesday early morning.
However, refuting the claims Jaish-e-Mohammed released a statement saying that he is alive and doing well. Speculations about his death are circulating on Twitter with many claiming that the terror chief had been killed in Balakot air strike conducted by the IAF. However, a few other Twitter users suggested that it’s just another just another diversionary tactics by Pakistan after India’s pressure. Masood Azhar is the founder and leader of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed which is active mainly in the PoK.
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.
Indian Airlines Flight 814 (IC 814) was hijacked by Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in 1999 with tacit support from Pakistan’s ISI to free Azhar and two other terrorists who were in Indian custody.
The blue-eyed boy of the Pakistani military establishment and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) became highly-active after his release and planned multiple attacks against India. JeM was behind the Parliament House attack in 2001 and he was the mastermind of the 2016 Pathankot attack on IAF base along with his brother.