Islamabad : According to reports Masood Azhar, founder of the dreaded terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), is suspected to be inflicted with renal failure and is under regular dialysis at an army hospital in Rawalpindi in Pakistan, officials said here on Saturday.
This suggestion of security officials came after Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the JeM chief is “unwell”.
A senior security official from the Pakistani Army headquarters said that Masood Azhar is inflicted with renal failure and is undergoing treatment accompanied with regular dialysis at the army hospital in Rawalpindi.
The Jaish-e-Mohammad was a close confidante of Osama bin Laden, terror motivator in several African countries and also known by many as the Pakistani cleric who brought jihad into the religious discourse at mosques in the UK, the official said.
The influence of the 50 year old terror mastermind was so huge that, when he was released in exchange for freeing Indian Airlines aircraft IC-814 on December 31, 1999 in Kandahar, Laden hosted a banquet for him the same night.
In the banquet, Laden recalled how he and Azhar had first worked together in 1993, the official said.