Masood Azhar, the Chief Of Jaish-e-Mohammed Is "Not Dead": Pak Media Report

Masood Azhar, the Chief Of Jaish-e-Mohammed Is "Not Dead":  Pak Media Report

Masood Azhar, the Chief Of Jaish-e-Mohammed Is "Not Dead":  Pak Media Report (file image)

New Delhi: The rumours of Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad's death were dismissed by Pakistani media, who said that JeM chief was alive,  quoting unnamed sources close to his family.

The  Geo Urdu News reported that the media reports claiming that JeM leader is dead are false.

There has been a lot of speculation that the cheif of Jaish-e-Mohammed has been dead. However, there was no official confirmation.

The channel, who quoted unnamed sources close to Masood Azhar's family, the channel said Azhar is "alive", without elaborating on his health condition. The Pakistan has not yet spoken about the fate of Azhar.

Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told PTI,  "I don't know anything at this moment," when asked about media reports claiming death of Azhar.

Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province. He had formed the Jaish-e-Mohammed in 2000.

In 1999, the NDA government had exchanged the 50-year-old Azhar, 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.

The Indian Intelligence are trying to ascertain reports on the social media about the death of Azhar in Pakistan.

The officials in India had said that they had no information other than that Azhar was undergoing treatment at an army hospital after suffering renal failure.

Last week, the Indian Air Force had launched an air strike, in which they had targeted Jaish terror group's Balakot camp, where training was imparted to recruits to carry out suicide attacks. The air strike took place at Jammu ad Kashmir's Pulwama, which claimed the life of around 40 CRPF Jawans.

It has been claimed by the Indian government that they had achieved a spectacular success by destroying the facility.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Pakistan Foreign Minister, in an interview to CNN had earlier admitted that the JeM chief is in his country 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," Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

Last week, a fresh proposal was moved by the US, the UK and France in the UN Security Council to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

The three permanent members of the Security Council had moved the proposal on Wednesday. It has been reported that the fresh proposal will be considered within 10 working days.