Rumours fly thick and fast over the whereabouts of Jaish e Mohammed leader Masood Azhar with some reports even claiming that he got killed in the bombardment by Indian Air Force (IAF) on a terror camp in Balakot.
On Thursday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is "unwell". A senior security officer of Pakistan recently gave another version about Masood Azhar’s health saying he was afflicted with renal failure and under treatment and regular dialysis at the army hospital in Rawalpindi.
Amidst the conflicting reports over the number of casualties due to theBalakot attack, a video clip of Masood Azhar's brother Maulana Ammar surfaced on Saturday where he is heard accepting that the Balakot camp had taken a hit. The recording is said to be from a public function organised in Peshawar after the air strike. After this video report, some speculation circulated on Twitter claiming that after getting seriously injured in the IAF air strike, Masood Azhar died in a hospital.
See the rumours spread on Twitter:
The influence of the 50-year-old terror mastermind was so huge that when he was released by India in exchange for freeing the hijacked Indian Airlines aircraft IC-814 on December 31, 1999 in Kandahar, Laden hosted a banquet for him that same night.