India suffered a severe blow on February 14, 2019 when a vehicle laden with explosives rammed into an Indian Army bus in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, killing at least 40 soldiers. Terror outfit Jaish-e Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack and India has since, strengthened its case to list Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. On Thursday, exactly a month after the attack, India suffered a setback in the UN Security Council after China once again blocked the bid to list Masood Azhar a global terrorist. China placed a ‘technical hold’ on the resolution, making it the fourth time the country has blocked the bid against Azhar since 2009.
Even as India grapples with the situation and the government draws out an action plan, we tell you all you need to know about the man Masood Azhar, India most wanted terrorist.
Masood Azhar is the reason behind the 1999 hijack of an Indian Airlines flight. His men hijacked a flight that was on its way to Delhi from Katmandu with the demand of releasing Maulana Masood Azhar, who was then imprisoned in Jammu at the time. The release of 155 hostage passengers in the flight came only after India Masood Azhar was released.#2
The very next year, Masood Azhar founded the terror group Jaish-e Mohammad with the motive to free Kashmir.
Soon after its formation in 2000, the JeM introduced the dastardly act of suicide bombings in Kashmir.
In October 2001, three JeM terrorists attacked the J&K legislative assembly complex in Srinagar. They rammed an explosive-laden car through the main gate of the premises killing about 40 people, including themselves.
India then began its campaign at the United Nations to label the Jaish-e-Mohammed a global terrorist organization.
Exactly two months after India’s proposal to list JeM as global terrorists, its militants attacked the Indian Parliament killing 9 people.
In January 2016, India’s year began on a grim note after its airbase in Punjab’s Pathankot came under four days of attack from a handful of gunmen. These gunmen were suspected to belong to JeM.
A few months later in September 2016, the JeM is suspected to be involved in one of the deadliest attacks against India, on its army base in Uri. The attack killed 18 soldiers.
February 2019, the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack again. This time in Pulwama. Ramming an explosive-laden vehicle into a van carrying Indian Army soldiers, killing well over 40 men.
March 2019, for the fourth time China places a ‘technical hold’ on UN's move to list JeM Chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.