According to details seen by Times Now Navbharat from a dossier prepared by the national security establishment in New Delhi, the two hideouts are only four kilometers apart. One of them is located in an upscale locality where VIPs reside, just one kilometer from the Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore District Court.
One of India’s most wanted terrorists, Masood Azhar is the mastermind of major terrorist attacks like the 2001 Parliament bombing and the 2019 Pulwama carnage.
Pakistan’s continued patronage of terrorism is established by visual evidence of uniformed Pakistani military personnel wearing bulletproof vests guarding Azhar’s hiding places. This flies in the face of Islamabad’s claims to evade economic sanctions that it neither aids nor encourages terror. It is once again established that Pakistan continues to harbor, secure and protect terrorists and to use terror as state policy.
Azhar’s first hideout is located right next to the Osman-O-Ali Mosque, near the National Orthopedic and General Hospital. With a mosque and a hospital nearby, launching an Osama-style operation against Azhar becomes virtually impossible.
The second house is next to the Jamia Mosque, which is just one kilometer from the Bahawalpur Bench of the Lahore High Court. The district tax collector’s office is 3 km away.
After the Abbottabad fiasco – when Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was found hiding near the military headquarters – Pakistan appears to have ensured that Azhar’s hideouts remained in densely populated areas in order to avoid suspicion and a possible raid.