New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) founder and chief Masood Azhar is believed to be afflicted with renal (kidney) failure and is undergoing dialysis at an army hospital in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi, reports suggest. Also Read - India, Pakistan Agree to Follow Ceasefire Pacts, Stop Firing Along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir
This comes after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi admitted that the Jaish founder is in Pakistan but very “unwell”. In an interview to CNN, Qureshi was quoted saying that Azhar is unwell to an extent “that he cannot even leave his house”. Also Read - Another Jaish Terrorist Arrested From J&K's Pulwama by Security Forces
“Recent reports indicate that Masood Azhar is now afflicted with renal failure and is under treatment and regular dialysis at the army hospital in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the Pakistan Army”, PTI reported. Also Read - Pakistan Violates Ceasefire Along LoC, IB in J&K’s Poonch, Kathua Districts
Azhar formed Jaish-e-Mohammad after his release in 1999 when Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked and taken to Kandahar in Pakistan. Since then, the JeM has been involved in terror attacks across India.
JeM was responsible for the attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed.
On January 2, 2016, a heavily armed group of JeM attacked the Pathankot airbase in which seven security personnel were killed.
The JeM also carried out the attack on Uri brigade headquarters on September 18, 2016, killing 17 soldiers and injuring 30 others.
On February 14 this year, the JeM carried out a suicide attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir killing 40 Jawans.
With PTI inputs