Jaish chief Masood Azhar dead in hospital blast?
Is dreaded Pakistani terrorist dead? A Pakistani Twitter user has claimed that there was a blast at a military hospital in Rawalpindi where Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar has been admitted.
Rawalpindi, June 24: Is dreaded Pakistani terrorist dead? A Pakistani Twitter user has claimed that there was a blast at a military hospital in Rawalpindi where Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar has been admitted.
"Huge blast at Military Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. 10 injured shifted to emergency.
Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azahar is admitted here," Ahsan Ullah MiaKhail, a social activist and human rights worker, tweeted on Sunday night.
"Completely media blackout by Army. Media asked strictly not to cover this story," he added.
Along with his tweet, the activist also posted a video where smoke is seen coming out of a building.
There were no other details of the news.
Earlier in March this year, there were rumours of Azhar's death.
A resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province, Azhar formed the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2000.
The 50-year-old Azhar, who was released by the NDA government in 1999 in exchange of hostages of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814, has been accused of being the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack, suicide attack on Jammu and Kashmir state assembly, attack
on Pathankot IAF base and the latest Pulwama terror strike.
Social media was filled with reports that Azhar had died, but there was no confirmation as of now, the officials said.
Jaish terror group's Balakot camp, where training was imparted to recruits to carry out suicide attacks, was targeted by the IAF following the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
The government has claimed that it achieved spectacular success by destroying the facility.
In an interview to CNN, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi earlier admitted that the JeM chief is in Pakistan and is "very 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.
"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 said.
News24 Bureau/ Agencies