JeM mastermind Masood Azhar is dead?
Strong speculations made the rounds on Masood Azhar's whereabouts on Sunday with a report of him getting killed in the bombardment by Indian Air Force on a terror camp in Balakot is going viral, but there was no strong evidence from any official sources. With growing pressure to show the damage caused by IAF's bombing on the Jaish-e-Mohammed training facility, India is contemplating to release evidence in the days to come to silence those doubting the impact. The Indian Air Force had declared that disclosing proof of the air strike impact was a call to be taken by the government even though electronic evidence gathered by radar images was sufficient to establish the damage caused to the structures.
Though there was no credible confirmation about the number of casualties, and Pakistani establishment remaining in denial mode, a video clip of Masood Azhar's brother Maulana Ammar had surfaced on Saturday where he can be heard accepting that the Balakot camp had taken a hit. The recording is said to be from a public function organized in Peshawar after the air strike.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also accepted on television that Masood Azhar was in Pakistan and that he was not well. Another report from Islamabad said the JeM founder was undergoing dialysis in a Pakistan army hospital. Reports claimed that after getting seriously injured in the air strike, Masood Azhar died in a hospital.