New Delhi: Masood Azhar, the founder of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, is suspected to be suffering from renal failure and is under regular dialysis at an army hospital in Rawalpindi in Pakistan.
On Friday, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that JeM chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and then asked India to give “solid inalienable evidence” for action to be taken against him.
As per reports by a senior security officer from India, Azhar is ailing from renal failure and is currently under treatment. He is undergoing regular dialysis at the Rawalpindi army hospital.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad chief was a close associate of Osama bin Laden, terror motivator in several African countries and also known by many as the Pakistani cleric who brought jihad into the religious discourse at mosques in the UK, the official said. Azhar was in fact released by India in exchange for freeing the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft IC-814 on December 31, 1999, in Kandahar.
JeM had claimed responsibility for the fatal Pulwama attack which had killed more than 40 CRPF jawans which catapulted into a major war-like scenario between India and Pakistan.