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JeM chief Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, concedes Foreign Minister Mahmood

The Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed recently claimed the responsibility of appalling Pulwama terror attack, killing nearly 45 CRPF soldiers. Taking full responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, the JeM chief Masood Azhar is allowed to move freely in Pakistan by its government and also released a video and photos shortly after the terror attack. India has been repeatedly trying to list him as a “global terrorist” at the United Nations Security Council. However, China has single-handedly blocked all attempts of India.

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Published on 1 March 2019 6:56 AM GMT

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Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an media interview conceded that terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Masood Azhar is in Pakistan and is “unwell to an extent that he cannot leave his house.”

Shah Mahmood said, “Azhar is in Pakistan. According to my information, he is very unwell. He is unwell to the extent that he can’t leave his house, because he’s really unwell.”

The Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammed recently claimed the responsibility of appalling Pulwama terror attack, killing nearly 45 CRPF soldiers. Taking full responsibility for the suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14, the JeM chief Masood Azhar is allowed to move freely in Pakistan by its government and also released a video and photos shortly after the terror attack. India has been repeatedly trying to list him as a “global terrorist” at the United Nations Security Council. However, China has single-handedly blocked all attempts of India.

Supporting India's demand to ban Pakistan based terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammed and designate its chief, Masood Azhar, a global terrorist, a fresh proposal has been submitted by the US, UK and France at the United Nations Security Council( UNSC). If the proposal is passed, JeM and its chief, Masood Azhar will be designated as 'UN-designated global terrorist', which in turn would impose on him a global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo.

Qureshi also said that Pakistan will take action against him if presented with “evidence that can stand in a court of law.” “If they have solid, inalienable evidence that is acceptable to courts of Pakistan, share it with us so that we can convince the people and we can convince the independent judiciary of Pakistan,” the foreign minister said, adding that there is a “need to satisfy the legal process.”

The Masood Azhar-led JeM has carried out a series of terror strikes in India - The 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, the 2016 Pathankot terror attack, the 2016 Uri terror attack, and 2019 Pulwama terror attack are among the many terror attacks by this group.

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