Forces gunned down JeM Chief’s Nephew in an encounter in Tral

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Srinagar, April 04: Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew Mohammad Umar has been killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral district.

Azhar’s nephew was gunned down on March 11th in south Kashmir, sources said.

JeM used the codename, Khalid, to identify Umar. Sources said JeM even conducted a funeral for him in absentia.

During the encounter a local terrorist named Mudasir Ahmad Khan was also killed. Mudasir was involved in an attack on CRPF camp in Lethpora last year.

Mudasir was also one of the key conspirators of the Pulwama attack in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed by a suicide bomber on February 14th.

After India conducted the air strikes at Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province against JeM terror targets on February 26th, there were reports of JeM chief’s brother-in-law Maulana Yousuf Azhar being killed, however, it could not be confirmed.

In the past two months, India has pushed for Azhar to be designated as a global terrorist, however, China in a recent vote at the UNSC vetoed the decision of US and France due to “technical reasons”, but added that “positive progress” has been made to resolve the issue.

China has so far blocked the move four times in recent years. It recently blocked the US, UK and France resolution in the counter-terrorism 1267 committee with “technical hold” saying that it provides time and space for the relevant parties to hold talks after the Pulwama terrorist attack.

“We believe under the current circumstances forcing a draft resolution at the Security Council is not a constructive move and set a bad example”, China’s foreign ministry had said.

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