JeM chief Masood Azhar suffering from life-threatening disease

Masood Azhar, the mastermind of several terror attacks in India, is suffering from a life-threatening disease. The chief of the Pakistan-based dreaded terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), has been confined to bed with a life-threatening condition, since over two years. According to Indian intelligence officials said 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.

Azhar, 50, is said to be suffering ailments that have affected his spinal cord and kidney. He is believed to have been treated for his spinal cord and renal condition at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi. The terrorist leader, whose designation by UN as global terrorist (a move sponsored by India) was blocked by China, had not been sighted in public either in his home town Bhawalpur or anywhere else in Pakistan, in recent times.

A dreaded Islamist, Indian officials hold Azhar responsible for a string of suicide terror attacks on Indian soil including the 2001 attack on Parliament, the 2005 attack in Ayodhya and the 2016 attack on Pathankot airbase. Though these attacks were partially successful, they were aimed to either force India to initiate armed hostilities against Pakistan or cause communal conflagration in India.

Azhar was freed by India and transported to Kandahar in exchange for hijacked passengers of IC-814 in 1999; that hijacking was supported by the then Taliban and al- Qaeda chiefs and the ISI.

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