Masood Azhar, the founder of the dreaded terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), is suspected to be afflicted with renal failure and is under regular dialysis at an Army hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, officials said here Saturday.
"Recent reports indicate that Masood Azhar is now afflicted with renal failure and is under treatment and regular dialysis at the army hospital in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the Pakistan Army," a senior security official said.
This action is indicated to be Pakistan's brazen attempt to move the terrorist to a safer place under the protection of the Pakistan Army. This suggestion of security officials came after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the JeM chief is "unwell".
"He 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," Qureshi told CNN when asked about Azhar.
Pakistan Foreign Minister's remarks came amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after the February 14 terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pulwama that left 40 CRPF personnel dead, following which Pakistan government has repeatedly claimed for wanting 'peace' and parallel to that asked for 'evidence' from India against Azhar to stand him in the court of justice.
Following which, India has even handed over a dossier to Pakistan with "specific details of the JeM complicity in Pulwama terror attack and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan."
India also expressed regret at the denial by Pakistan's political and military leadership at the presence of terrorist infrastructure in territories under its control.
Known to be a close aide of Osama bin Laden, Azhar was released by India in a negotiation to free hijacked Indian plane passengers in Kandahar in 1999, Jaish-e-Mohammed was formed almost after his release from Indian prison. Further, he carried on brutal attacks against India including the recent attacks on Pathankot base, Uri in 2016 and also attack on the Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001, in which nine security personnel and officials were killed.
This is not the first time that Pakistan has advocated the devil, as former Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif went on record to say that Pulwama attack was an 'act of revenge', saying it is a legitimate right and a birth-right, and shockingly going on to add, "we support them and we advocate them".
(With PTI inputs)