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Jaish e Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar is alive

March 5, 2019

A Pakistani media report says that Masood Azhar, chief of the terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and India's most wanted terrorist is alive. The report has quoted sources close to Azhar's family.

There were widespread reports on social media that the JeM Founder had died, but so far there has been no official conformation. The Pakistan government has said nothing so far to confirm the news.

I don't know anything at this moment. - Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Information Minister, Pakistan

Azhar, who is a resident of Bahawalpur in the Punjab province of Pakistan, formed the JeM in 2000. He is 50 years old. Azhar was released by the NDA government in 1999 in exchange for the hostages of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814. Azhar is accused of masterminding the 2001 Parliament attack, the suicide attack on Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and the latest Pulwama terror strike.

He is also accused of killing American journalist Daniel Pearl.

Intelligence agencies in India are trying to confirm the news of Azhar's death in Pakistan. So far all they know is that he is undergoing treatment at an army hospital after suffering kidney failure.

The JeM's camp in Balakot, where training is given to recruits to carry out suicide attacks, was targeted by the Indian Air Force in an air strike last week. This was after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

In an interview, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has admitted that Azhar is in his country and is unwell. The government will act against him only if India India presents solid evidence. ""He is in Pakistan, according to my information. He is unwell to the extent that he can''t leave his house, because he's really unwell," said Qureshi.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Councillast week to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

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