New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on Wednesday reportedly released an audio clip of Masood Azhar on an encrypted platform of the group hence, putting to rest all claims of his death. This is the second time that the terror organisation has rejected the claims.
The audio lasts for over 10 minutes and was recorded on March 4, as stated in the clip. “There are reports about my death. But only God decides how long you live and when you die,” it quotes the JeM chief as saying, as reported by News18.
In the audio, Azhar reportedly warned the liberals in Pakistan against attacking Muslim institutions and asserted that he is well associated with the working of JeM.
Rejecting claims made by Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi that the Pakistan government is in touch with the terror group, Azhar said the country will have to accept Jaish as it was, reported News18.
The reports of Masood Azhar’s death came to the fore on March 3. It was suggested that the JeM chief breathed his last on March 2 at a Military Hospital in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi. However, there was no credible confirmation about his (Masood Azhar) death from any authoritative sources.
While top sources claimed that the dreaded terrorist died of liver cancer, several reports alleged that the JeM chief was killed in the Indian Air Force (IAF) strike in Balakot.
The reports of Azhar’s death started doing rounds a few days after Qureshi had denied JeM’s involvement in the dastardly Pulwama terror attack. In an interview, he reportedly claimed that the terror outfit is not responsible for the attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed and demanded an ‘actionable evidence’ by India to prove the same. In another interview, he had admitted that JeM chief is in Pakistan while adding that he is ‘unwell to an extend that he cannot move out of his house’.