Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, also the mastermind of the Pathankot attack, gave instructions for the suicide bombing on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama from the Army base hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where he is being treated for a terminal illness for the last four months.
Eight days before his men prepared for Pulwama terror attack, Azhar released an audio message in a feeble voice to the terror outfit’s members. In the audio message, Azhar can be heard asking his men to avenge the death of his nephew Usman, who was killed by security forces in October last year in Tral.
“There is nothing more pleasurable than death in this war,” Azhar is heard saying in the tape.
“Koi inhe dashatganj kahega, koi inhe nikamma kahega, koi inhe pagal kahega, koi inhe aman ke liye khatra kaha .. (Some people will call these terrorists savages, insane or danger to peace but let them go and disrupt across the border)” he says.
Azhar deputed his other nephew Mohammaed Umair and Abdul Rashid Ghazi to use these tapes to brainwash youth in the Valley and motivate them for a fidayeen attack with IED explosives.
“None of the JeM men would come forward. They are all hiding in south Kashmir with three ring leaders – Umair, Ismail and Abdul Rashid Ghazi,” said a top intelligence official in Kashmir. As many as 60 Jaish terrorists are operating in Kashmir of which 35 are from Pakistan and the rest are locals.&