Social media has been abuzz with speculations regarding death of the JeM terrorist

Reports of Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar's was injured in the surgical strikes by the IAF and consequently died on account of the injuries have been doing rounds in the media and social circles

That Indian Air Force attack on JeM training camp in Balakot has inflicted heavy damage was never in doubt. However, some credible reports emerging out of Pakistan can be a pack of good news to India.

It is believed that Masood Azhar was seriously hurt in the attack. He along with Colonel Salim, a top rank former ISI officer, was rushed to Army Hospital where Colonel Salim was declared brought dead. They were sleeping at the Seminary when S–2000 Precision Guided Missile hit the area. It was immediately sealed off by the Pak army and a few bogus IED explosions were deliberately done far away from the target site to create the impression that IAF missed the actual target. Journalists were taken to Jaba to give an impression that only few trees were fallen after the Indian air strike. It was learnt that even the local police was not allowed to enter the area.

A report says that Masood Azhar was critical. He died on 2nd March, 2019. Pakistani establishment is aware of the condition of Masood Azhar. However, it is impossible for them to accept the truth for obvious reasons. The Foreign Minister has only let the world know that Masood is in Pakistan and is seriously ill. Some reports have been planted in the media that the reason behind Masood Azhar hospital admission is renal failure.

Pakistan Army will give the green signal about the declaration of the death of Masood Azhar at a later date. They will try to make this a natural death. Already, the ground is being prepared for the same with planted news in the Pakistani media.

The admission of Foreign Minister about Masood Azhar may seem to be idiotic and something that can decimate goodwill that Imran Khan has generated. But, it was not a goof up. It was part of overall plan to make Masood Azhar death seem natural.

However, terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar is alive, Pakistan's Provincial Minister of Punjab for Information and Culture said today.

"Maulana Masood Azhar is alive. We have no information of his death," Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan told news agency ANI, without elaborating on Masood Azhar's health.

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, in which 40 Indian CRPF soldiers lost their lives.

Following the terror attack the international community has thrown its weight behind India in its fight against terrorism, with the United States telling Pakistan to stop providing support to terror outfits and terrorists in the immediate aftermath of the Pulwama attack.

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