JeM chief Masood Azhar is ‘alive’, says Pakistani media report

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India’s most wanted terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief, Masood Azhar, is “alive,” a report in the Pakistani press said Sunday, citing unnamed sources close to his family.

Reports from the media that the leader of JeM is dead are false, Geo Urdu News reported.

The report came amid speculation in social networks that JeM’s founder died.

However, there was no official confirmation.

Citing unnamed sources close to the JeM chief’s family, the channel said that Azhar is “alive”, without giving further details about his state of health.

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There was no official information about Azhar’s fate from the government of Pakistan.

“I do not know anything at the moment,” Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told PTI when asked about media reports of Azhar’s death.

A resident of Bahawalpur in the Pakistani province of Punjab, Azhar formed the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2000.

Azhar, 50, who was freed by the NDA government in 1999 in exchange for hostages of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814, has been accused of being the mastermind of the 2001 parliament attack, suicide attack on Jammu and Kashmir. state assembly, attack on the base of the IAF Pathankot and the last terrorist attack of Pulwama.

Meanwhile, intelligence agencies in New Delhi were trying to set up social media reports about Azhar’s death in Pakistan.

Indian officials said they had no further information that Azhar was receiving treatment at an army hospital after suffering from kidney failure. The Balakot camp of the terrorist group Jaish, where recruits were trained to carry out suicide attacks, was attacked by the IAF last week in an air strike, after the Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF personnel died. .

The Indian government has claimed that it achieved spectacular success by destroying the facilities.

In an interview with CNN, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi previously admitted that the head of JeM is in his country and is “very bad”, but said that the government can act against him only if India presents evidence “solid” and “inalienable” that can be presented in a court of law.

“He is in Pakistan, according to my information. It is not good insofar as he can not leave his house, because he is really sick, “said Qureshi.

The United States, the United Kingdom and France presented last week a new proposal in the Security Council of the UN to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, a list that will subject him to a global travel ban, the freezing of assets and to the arms embargo.

The proposal was moved on Wednesday by the three permanent members with veto power of the 15-nation Security Council. The Sanctions Committee of the Security Council will have 10 business days to consider the new proposal presented by the three permanent members.