Jammu and Kashmir Governor's Advisor issued a strong-worded warning to Masood Azhar after reports of Pakistan freeing the terrorist emerged. Farooq Khan, the advisor said that Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar would be eliminated if he dares to cross the border.
He said, "If Masood Azhar comes to this side (Indian side), he'll soon know the result of that. The attempts by Pakistan to send terrorists to this side (Indian side) is not a new thing, they keep trying and our Indian Army on the borders is aware and will give a befitting reply to such misadventures."
"We can never relax over these things because unfortunately, we have a neighbour like Pakistan. The country could never be peaceful or could achieve progress," he added.
After a diplomatic failure over the Kashmir issue from the international community, including that of the Muslim nations, Republic sources have affirmed that Pakistan has given a free hand to terrorists Masood Azhar and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
According to top intel inputs, Sayeed Salahudeen's Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hafiz Saeed led Lashkar-e-Taiba is known to be working in unison in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to target shrines in Jammu and Kashmir and ferment trouble in the valley.
Security agencies have discerned that there might be a spike in terror activities, not just in Jammu and Kashmir but across other parts of the country. The IB has reportedly sounded an alert in various states.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi admitted on March 1, that Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is "unwell", but said the government can act against him only if India presents "solid" and "inalienable" evidence that can stand in a court of law. The remarks of the Pakistan Minister came amid enhanced tensions between India and Pakistan after the February 14 terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.
In a formal interaction with the foreign media, the NSA accentuated how the safety and security of Kashmiri people is paramount for the government and that they would take no chances over the security scenario in the valley. Ajit Doval even stated that the relaxation of restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir is dependent on "Pakistan's actions"
"We are determined to protect the Kashmiris from Pakistani terrorists even if we have to impose restrictions. Terror is the only instrument Pakistan has to create unrest. In fact, there is a constant attempt made by Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists across the border. 230 Pakistani terrorists were spotted, some of them have infiltrated, some arrested,” NSA Doval said.
"If Pakistan starts behaving, terrorists don’t intimidate and infiltrate, if Pakistan stops sending signals through its towers to operatives, we can lift restrictions. More than 750 trucks are moving daily from Srinagar, yesterday two militants came, they wanted to target a prominent fruit merchant Hamidullah. They could not find him as he went to offer Namaz or something. They took two of his workers to his home 5 kilometers inside Sopore where they shot at his son Mohammed Irshad and also fired upon his two and a half-year-old daughter Asma Jaan. Both Pakistani militants had pistols and were speaking Punjabi both are absconding. Pakistan is indulging in false and dark propaganda and some uninformed people are taking one or two incidents as public opinion," he added.