Masood Azhar, the UN-designated terrorist has been freed by Pakistan, as per top Republic sources, putting to display the country's duplicity on terror once again.
Despite facing the heat of FATF, according to sources, the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief was secretly released by Pakistan after he was taken into preventive custody following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
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.
According to Republic sources, Masood Azhar's last known location was Markaz Subhan Allah, Bahawalpur. His health, according to reports, has considerably improved however the terrorist avoids giving sermons. As per Republic top sources, giving a free hand to recognised terrorists, Pakistan has reactivated Masood Azhar, as well as 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to carry out attacks against India.
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.
On March 4, Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi during his interview with an international media organisation found himself in an unsettled spot when he made a gaffe and slipped in the conversation as to how the Pakistan government is in contact with a UN-designated terror organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammed.
NSA Ajit Doval on Saturday said that Pakistan was attempting to distrupt the peace in Jammu and Kashmir and that 230 terrorists were spotted.
He said, "Hundred percent landline connections are operational in the state. Pakistan is trying to create trouble, 230 Pakistani terrorists were spotted, some of them have infiltrated, some arrested. We are determined to protect the life of Kashmiris from Pakistani terrorists even if we have to impose restrictions, terror is the only instrument Pakistan has to create unrest. There are Pakistani communication towers 20 kilometres along the border, they are trying to send messages, we heard intercepts, they were telling their men here 'how so many apple trucks are moving, can’t you stop them? Should we send you bangles?'"
Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed were on Wednesday declared individual terrorists by the government. The decision was taken after the Parliament approving the amendment to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 1967.