Masood Azhar is India’s most-wanted terrorist: NYT

Jaish-e-Mohd founder and man behind several terror attacks in India Maulana Masood Azhar has become India’s most-wanted terrorist and eliminating Azhar is a key objective for Indian establishment, according to a recently published article in the New York Times (NYT).

In a recent article titled ‘The Terrorist Who Got Away’ in NYT journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee refers to the rise of Azhar, backed by Pakistan Army, and his designs to launch of cross-border strikes.

“Pakistan’s current prime minister, Imran Khan, has publicly stated that Pakistan’s Army organized and trained militant groups years ago to wage jihad against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Some of these groups continue to operate in Pakistan, four decades after the end of the Soviet-Afghan war.

The country’s former president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has acknowledged that Pakistani intelligence enabled Jaish and similar groups to carry out attacks within India. Such admissions confirm what Indian officials say they’ve always known: that organizations like Jaish have become part of a Pakistani strategy for wresting Kashmir from Indian control,” points out Bhattacharjee in his article which has been described as the most comprehensive one in one of top US newspapers on Pak-based terrorist banned by UN.

“For that and other reasons, Azhar has become India’s most-wanted terrorist. Just as the pursuit of Osama bin Laden drew the United States into a long and continuing military engagement in Afghanistan, Azhar’s success in orchestrating a series of attacks on Indian soil in recent years has angered India to the point that eliminating Azhar and his organization has become a key strategic objective for India’s security establishment.

Twelve days after Jaish’s attack in February 2019, Indian fighter jets flew 50 miles or so across the Line of Control, the disputed border, into the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, in order to bomb a hilltop near Balakot that Indian officials said was the site of a Jaish terrorist-training camp.

It was the first time since the war between the two nations in 1971 that India has conducted airstrikes inside Pakistani airspace…”

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