Maulana Masood Azhar
is a Pakistani mujaheddin
leader and the founder of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed
, based mainly in the Pakistan
-administered portion of the state of Kashmir
lists Masood Azhar as one of its most wanted terrorists
due to a history of militant activities.
Azhar was born in Bahawalpur
on July 10, 1968 as one of ten siblings His father, Allah Bakhsh Shabir, was the headmaster
at a government-run school, and his family operated a dairy and poultry farm. Azhar studied at the Jamia Uloom ul Islamia
Banuri Town in Karachi
, where he became involved with Harkat-ul-Ansar
. After he suffered injuries in the Soviet-Afghan War
, Azhar was chosen as the head of Harkat's department of motivation and became an editor for the Urdu
-language Sad’e Mujahidin and the Arabic
-language Sawte Kashmir.
Azhar later became the general secretary of Harkat-ul-Ansar and visited many international locations to recruit, to raise funds and to spread the message of Pan-Islamism
. Among his destinations were Zambia
, Abu Dhabi
, Saudi Arabia
, the United Kingdom
Activities in Somalia
Azhar confessed that in 1993 he traveled to......