Jaish-e-Mohammad Denies Death Reports Of Masood Azhar; Releases Statment

JeM Chief Masood Azhar
JeM Chief Masood Azhar. Photo: TIME8

New Delhi/ Guwahati, March 3, 2019

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group releasing a statement on the evening of March 3rd, 2019 stated that the group founder Masood Azhar was ‘alive and doing well’, Times Now News reported. This came out after widespread speculation of death reports of Azhar following a prolonged illness. According to reports, he was undergoing dialysis in an Army hospital in Pakistan for liver cancer.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have flared up in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy that left at least 44 jawans martyred on February 14th, 2019 after a JeM operative rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus of the convoy.

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On February 26th, 2019, India retaliated to the terror strike when Indian Air Force’s 12 Mirage-2000 jets crossed LoC and destroyed the Jaish camp in Balakot.