Days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar is “unwell in Pakistan”, unconfirmed reports by several media houses have been doing the rounds suggesting 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 a CNN-News 18 report in which they have quoted “top intelligence sources”, Azhar died on Saturday, 2 March and a formal announcement will be made after an intimation from Army hospital.
The report said the cause of death remains unknown.
Zee News put out a similar report quoting their ‘sources’.
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.
The news comes just days after India conducted airstrikes across the LoC that destroyed JeM terror camps in Pakistan and PoK.
(With inputs from PTI, IANS and News18)