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Masood Azhar's Brother Admits IAF Strikes On Balakot Jaish Training Camp

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| March 3 , 2019 , 17:45 IST

The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar's younger brother Maulana Ammar confirmed an attack by Indian fighter jets on Jaish e Muhammad Markaz inside Pakistan, according to reports.

In an audio recording, Masood Azhar's brother can be heard saying that Indian fighter planes didn't bomb ISI or Pakistan army, but its center in Balakot. He also criticized Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan.

Maulana Ammar, brother of JeM chief Masood Azhar has also admitted that the madrassa was a training center for jihadis.

"Indian aircraft did not bomb the safe house of any agency or its headquarters or where agency officials held their meetings, they bombed the center where students were trained to understand the concept of Jihad," Ammar can be heard saying.

Reportedly, Ammar and Yousuz Azhar, the JeM chief's brother-in-law, were killed on 26 February Balakot air strike. Azhar runs madrassa Taleem-ul-Quran, which is at the top of mount Jaba, around 100 kilometers from Islamabad, the country's capital. Ammar, who heads the JeM's operations in Afghanistan and Kashmir, was last seen in Peshawar in December 2018, where he vowed to continue attacks against USA and India.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Masood Azhar is suspected to be afflicted with renal failure and is under regular dialysis at an army hospital in Rawalpindi in Pakistan.

India had claimed that it bombed and destroyed JeM's biggest training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, about 80-km from the Line of Control (LoC) early on Tuesday. The strikes came after 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a suicide attack by JeM in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.

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Foreign secretary VK Gokhale made it clear that New Delhi carried out airstrikes to pre-empt further fidayeen style attacks on India.