Chandigarh: A day after reports of dreaded terrorist Masood Azhar’s death did rounds on social media, Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, a provincial minister in Pakistan’s Punjab claimed that the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief is still alive. “He is alive, Masood Azhar is alive, we have no information of his death,” ANI quoted the Pak minister as saying.
On Sunday, reports claimed that the JeM chief had died at a military hospital in Rawalpindi. Reacting to the rumours, the terror outfit in Pakistan released a statement saying, “He is alive and doing well.” Pakistan’s Geo Urdu News had also dismissed the death reports of Azhar. Quoting unnamed sources close to the family of the terrorist, the channel said ‘Azhar is alive’, without elaborating on his health condition.
Notably, the death reports of Azhar came days after Pakitan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi admitted,”He (Masood Azhar) 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.”
On being asked about why Pakistan is not taking action against the terror outfit which claimed responsibility for ghastly Pulwama terror attack in India, which killed nearly 40 CRPF personnel, Qureshi stated,”Pakistan government would act only if New Delhi presented solid and inalienable evidence that can stand in a court of law.”
Masood Azhar, who is a resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was responsible for establishing the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2000. The 50-year-old was accused of playing a key role in executing the 2001 Parliament attack, suicide attack on Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, attack on Pathankot IAF base and the latest Pulwama terror strike.
(With Agency inputs)