The Hush Post|01:50 pm| 3-min-read
Terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief and founder Masood Azhar is suspected to be afflicted with renal failure, security officials in New Delhi said on Saturday. He is under regular dialysis at an army hospital in Rawalpindi in Pakistan, it is believed.
The security officials’ response comes after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi statement on Thursday that the JeM chief is “unwell”.
“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,” Indian security officials
“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” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Qureshi statement on Thursday
Facts you must know about Masood Azhar
Close associate of Osama bin Laden
The Jaish-e-Mohammad chief was a close associate of Osama bin Laden. Also known by many as the Pakistani cleric who brought jihad into the religious discourse at mosques in the UK
When he was released by India in exchange for freeing the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft IC-814 on December 31, 1999 in Kandahar, Laden hosted a banquet for him the same night. In the banquet, Laden recalled how he and Azhar had first worked together in 1993, the official said.
Earlier, part of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
Azhar was part of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen or Harkat-ul-Ansar, when he was arrested in 1994 in India for preaching jihad. Azhar became the general secretary of Harkat-ul-Ansar in the early 1990s. In 1979-1989, after Masood Azhar suffered injuries in the Soviet–Afghan War, he was chosen as the head of Harkat-ul-Ansar’s department of motivation
One of his British recruits, Omar Shaikh, had kidnapped four western tourists in India in 1994 in order to secure the release of Azhar. Omar Shaikh was a member of the terrorist group Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA), back then JeM had not been formed. However, security agencies succeeded in releasing the hostages and arresting Shaikh.
Again in 1995, five western tourists were kidnapped by HuA and eventually killed in order to gain the release of Azhar.
Formed Jaish-e-Mohammad after release in lieu of IA flight IC 814
Azhar formed Jaish-e-Mohammad after his release in 1999 when Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked and taken to Kandahar.
The terror group’s major terror attacks
- First suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir in April 2000 by striking the Badami Bagh cantonment in Srinagar
- The attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed.
- Attack on Pathankot airbase On January 2, 2016, in which seven security personnel were killed.
- The attack on Uri brigade headquarters on September 18, 2016, killing 17 soldiers and injuring 30 others.
- Pulwama suicide attack killing 40 CRPF jawans on February 14, 2018
Made international recruits
He made international recruits from Zambia, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, the United Kingdom and Albania.
Azhar made contacts in Britain with people who helped to provide training and logistical support for terrorist plots.A 24-year-old student from Birmingham, Asif Sadiq, was one of Azhar’s earliest recruits and was used as a bomber
He also went to Kenya to meet an al-Qaida affiliate of Somalia in 1993 and in August 1993, Azhar entered the UK for a speaking, fund-raising, and recruitment tour with the message of jihad.
In January 1993, Azhar visited Bangladesh along with Sajjad Afghani, a terrorist leader to facilitate the intrusion of Afghani to India.