Is Masood Azhar dead !

Intense speculations are going on in the social media stating that dreaded terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar dead. The speculations stating that he was seriously injured in the Indian Air Force (IAF) surgical strike on JeM training establishments in Balakot of Pakistan. Later, he was said to be succumbed to injured.

 

However, there is no confirmation either from Pakistan authorities or JeM. However, just two days ago it may be recalled that for the first time from Pakistan government, External Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed that Azhar is very much in his country. He also said that he is `very sick’ and unable to move from his home.

 

Amid growing pressure to show the damage caused by IAF’s precision bombing on the JeM training facility, India is contemplating releasing evidence in the days to come to silence those doubting the impact. The IAF had declared that disclosing proof of the air strike impact was a call to be taken by the government even though electronic evidence gathered by radar images was sufficient to establish the damage caused to the structures.

 

Though there was no credible confirmation about the number of casualties, and Pakistani establishment remaining in denial mode, a video clip of Masood Azhar’s brother Maulana Ammar had surfaced, yesterday, he was heard of accepting that the Balakot camp had taken a hit. The recording is said to be from a public function organized in Peshawar after the air strike.

Another report from Islamabad said the JeM founder was undergoing dialysis in a Pakistan army hospital.

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