Pakistan Releases Terrorist Masood Azhar, Amid Tensions With India Over Article 370 Move

Pakistan Releases Terrorist Masood Azhar, Amid Tensions With India Over Article 370 Move

Amid tensions between India & Pakistan over the Narendra Modi government’s Article 370 move, now reports have surfaced saying that Pakistan has released Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar to carry out terror attacks.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted the government about the deployment of additional Pakistani troopers along the border near Rajasthan, saying that Pakistan secretly released Masood Azhar. The IB’s input states that Pakistan is planning big action in Sialkot-Jammu & Rajasthan sectors in the coming days in response to the government’s move to revoke Article 370 that gave Jammu & Kashmir some autonomy and prevented non-residents from buying the property and getting government jobs in the state. The input warned that Pakistan has started deploying additional troops near the Rajasthan border as part of the plan.

The Indian Navy had recently warned that an “Underwater Wing” of JeM was training people to carry out attacks.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh said all stakeholders in coastal security are ensuring that there is no intrusion from the sea. We have received intelligence (input) that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water and that is one change. “But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt,” he said.

It was a huge victory for India after a decade of relentless efforts to ban the mastermind of several terror attacks against India, including the deadly Pulwama attack against Indian security forces. The listing subjected Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo.

Recently, India declared Azhar the first individual terrorist under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The Ministry of Home Affairs, through a gazette notification, declared Azhar, LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Zakir Ur Rehman Lakhvi and 1993 Bombay blast accused Dawood Ibrahim as terrorists, which means that irrespective of the organisation they are associated with, they will be treated as terrorists under the Indian law.

Pakistan’s latest move comes in the backdrop of India’s decision to scrap the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and divide it into two Union Territories  J&K and Ladakh. This irked the neighbour, which scaled with diplomatic ties with India and also suspended bilateral trade.

Services of the Samjhauta Express were halted and Pakistan knocked on the doors of the United Nations in a bid to internationalise the issue. However, it did not get much success as the global community agreed that Kashmir was a bilateral issue that must be resolved between the two countries.

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