Pakistan has secretly released Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar from custody amid the heightened tensions with India following the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Azhar was designated as a global terrorist by the United Nations in May 2019. Meanwhile, the Indian Navy has warned that militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad is training people of their “underwater wing” to carry out attacks.
As per the Intelligence inputs, “the underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water”, News18 quoted Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh. Also he said that they are fully prepared and will restrain such attempt. Recently, Masood Azhar was declared the first individual terrorist under the amended Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) by India, after the UAPA Act was passed in Parliament.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has declared Masood Azhar as a terrorist along with the LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Mumbai 26/11 attack mastermind Zakir Ur Rehman Lakhvi and 1993 Bombay blast accused Dawood Ibrahim. Likewise, they will be treated as terrorists under the Indian law. Following the srapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir and division of it into two Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan has suspended the bilateral trade and scaled the diplomatic ties.