Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar resurfaces in Pakistan

Pakistan’s claims of Azhar being in Taliban’s custody proved false

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar

Islamabad (Pakistan) – Recent revelations indicate that Masood Azhar, a notorious terrorist, and a significant adversary of India, is currently residing in Pakistan. Over the past two years, the Pakistani Government has asserted its efforts towards his release. However, Pakistan’s assertion that Azhar was under the protection of the Taliban in Afghanistan has been debunked. Consequently, India may reassert its demand to place Pakistan on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list. The FATF, a global organisation, takes measures against nations facilitating terrorist financing.

Proof that Masood Azhar is in Pakistan

The name of Masood Azhar has suddenly surfaced on the social media handles of the Jihadi terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed. Jaish-e-Mohammed launched a service called ‘Ask Me Anything’ on social media, announcing that Azhar will respond to questions posed by his supporters daily from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, two Pakistani mobile numbers have been provided for this purpose. Queries can be submitted via Telegram, WhatsApp and SMS. This resurgence of Masood Azhar is perceived to be a consequence of Pakistan’s weak Government.

Who is Masood Azhar ?

Maulana Masood Azhar is India’s most wanted terrorist. He was involved in the Pulwama attack in 2019, the Pathankot attack in 2016, and the terrorist attacks on the Indian Parliament in 2001. He was designated as a global terrorist on 1st May 2019. In 1999, Masood Azhar was released during the Kandahar plane hijacking incident in exchange for the passengers held hostage.

Editorial Perspective

What will Pakistan, which is the father of Jihadi terrorism and in deep financial trouble, do now ?