Masood Azhar harbours an extreme anti-western feeling and has led the Jaish to orchestrate many terrorist acts in the west.Updated: Sep 09, 2002 17:42 IST
Masood Azhar, a Pakistani based militant, is the commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the group which came into existence when India released Masood Azhar and two other prisoners in exchange for the lives of the Indian airlines passengers travelling from Kathmandu to Delhi. He harbours an extreme anti-western feeling and has led the Jaish to orchestrate many terrorist acts in the west.
Soon after his release, he formed this group to unleash terror on India.
India has blamed Masood Azhar for masterminding the December 13 attack on Indian Parliament. Following this, Pakistan came under intense pressure from India and the US, and it Azar and put him in Mianwali jail. Currently, he has been moved from the jail to his house, which has been converted into a kind of sub-jail.
He first joined the Harkat-ul-Mujahadeen and fought Indian forces in Kashmir, being captured in 1993. He was detained in several Indian prisons.
First Published: Sep 08, 2002 21:50 IST