Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Tuesday validated that India had “struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot”, in the early hours of Tuesday.
He said the strike took place on a hilltop in a forest area far from civilian areas and that the JeM camp was operated by Yusuf Azhar. Azhar is publicized to be the brother-in-law of Masood Azhar, the leader of JeM.
Yusuf Azhar alias Mohammad Salim was one of the men who captured the Indian Airline flight IC 814 to Kandahar in 1999. The JeM chief was then freed by India in exchange for the IC- 814 hijacked passengers.
In 2002, the Government handed over a list of 20 refugees to Islamabad which starred Yusuf Azhar’s name.
In 2000 the Interpol on the basis of a petition by Central of Investigation (CBI) opened a red corner notice against the hijacker. The report said that his place of birth was in Karachi, Pakistan, and he was fluent in “Urdu and Hindi.” He is wanted in India for “hijacking, murder and kidnapping.”