Days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is “unwell in Pakistan”, a report by CNN News 18 on Sunday, 3 March claimed that Azhar is dead.
Azhar-led JeM last month claimed responsibility for the attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.
According to the CNN News 18 report, top sources in Pakistan said that Azhar died on Saturday, while the formal announcement will be made after an intimation from Army hospital.
The report said the cause of death remains unknown.
Sources had earlier told PTI that Azhar was suspected to be afflicted with renal failure and was under regular dialysis at an army hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Amid growing political pressure over veracity of air strikes on a JeM compound, IAF had announced 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. (The Quint)