Azhar is the prime mastermind of the Pathankot airbase terror attack. Seven security personnel were killed in the attack. Four bodies of terrorists were recovered from the encounter site which lasted for nearly 80 hours.
JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar dnaindia
Azhar made these claims in an obituary of Mansur, posted under his pen name Saidi in the June 3 issue of Al Qalam Weekly (Jaish’s online mouthpiece), the report said.
Masood Azhar was arrested in February 1994, after travelling to Srinagar from New Delhi. He was released by the Indian government in 1999 in exchange of 155 passengers held hostage in an Indian Airlines aircraft IC -814 that was hijacked to Kandhar in Afghanistan. A delegation led by Singh had landed in Afghanistan to hand over Azhar.
The 1999 hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight IC 914 to Kandahar newsroompost
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour khaama
“Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansur said that Jaswant Singh had told him that our prisoners (Azhar, Zargar and Sheikh) would still be in Afghanistan and you arrest them and hand them over to us, hum aap ki hukumat ko malamaal karengey (we will make your government rich),’’ Azhar wrote.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh rediff
At the same time, former Chief of the Research and Analysis Wing, C D Sahay who was part of the entire operation leading up to the release of the hostages, has said that he cannot recollect money being involved.