Masood Azhar, the mastermind of several terror attacks in India, is suffering from a life-threatening disease.
According to an HT report, the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief has been bedridden for year and a half. The report says that Uri attack mastermind is being treated for a disease that has affected his spinal cord and kidneys. The ‘global terrorist’ is being treated at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi’s Muree area.
The proscribed Deobandi outfit is now operationally divided between his two younger brothers, Rauf Asghar and Athar Ibrahim, who continue to carry out jihadist attacks on India and Afghanistan, reported by HT.
Recently, China had defended its repeated blockage of India’s bids at the United Nations to list Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Beijing argued that the issue lacks “consensus” among the members of the UN Security Council as well as the “directly concerned” parties – India and Pakistan.
The JeM has already been in the UN’s list of banned terror outfits. Masood Azhar was among the terrorists freed by India in exchange of the safety of passengers during the IC-814 hijack in 1999.
In 2002, following the Parliament attack, Azhar and JeM commanders Ghazi Baba and Tariq Ahmed were declared proclaimed offenders by a special court in Delhi and convicted in absentia. The court held them guilty of conspiring to “capture the Parliament House and kill the Prime Minister and Home Minister and to take all MPs hostage.”
Azhar, who was briefly arrested then, was released by the Lahore High Court as it did not find sufficient grounds to keep him under house arrest.
After 2016 terror attack on the Pathankot air base, India had named the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief in the chargesheet for master-minding the terror op. But this didn’t stop Azhar from brazenly claiming the responsibility of the Nagarkota attack later that year.
“This week’s publication was delayed as the attack in Nagrota was still in action at the time of writing and communication failure (on details of the attack) from Kashmir,” Azhar had written under his pen name Saadi. On November 29, three militants entered the army camp in Nagrota killing seven personnel. The militants left behind posters claiming the attack as a revenge for hanging of Afzal Guru