The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recently received documents from the United States that support India’s claim regarding Pakistani terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammad’s involvement in the Pathankot IAF base attack.
According to a report in Times of India, over a 1000 pages of chats and conversations between JeM handler Kashif Jaan and the four fidayeen (identified as Nasir Hussain, Punjab province, Abu Bakar, Gujranwala, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum, both from Sindh) are included in these documents.
Reportedly, the conversations recorded prove that the attack was carried out from Pakistan. The handlers maintained regular contact with the four fidayeen members.
The Daily reported that the conversations of Kashif Jaan with other office holders of the Pakistan-based JeM were also contained in these documents.
The Facebook account that was in use by Kashif Jaan was also connected to the cell number that the attackers used to make calls from Pathankot following the abduction of Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh.
Another Facebook account under the name ‘Mulla Daadullah’ was connected to a number that the terrorists had called.
WhatsApp chats amongst the terrorists were also included in the documents that are now being analysed by the NIA.
These accounts are said to have been accessed around and during the time of the Pathankot attack. The IP addresses used were found to be those of telecom firms (Telenor and Pakistan TeleCommunications Company Ltd, Islamabad)
The Al-Rahmat Trust, that funds the JeM, was also contacted by these mobile numbers discovered by the US upon the request of the NIA.
The Pathankot Air Force Station was infiltrated on the night of January 1 to conduct the attack the next day.
The ensuing encounter resulted in the deaths of seven security personnel and four terrorists.
India had asserted that JeM chief, Masood Azhar had devised the attack and seeks action against the JeM.
A list of a total of 300 questions was submitted to Pakistan along with besides soliciting voice samples of Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf and Khayyam Baber (mother of slain terrorist Nasir). It is reported that Nasir had spoken to his mother during the attack.
Pakistan’s investigation team had visited India in March to probe the incident.
The strike had advanced the tensions between the two countries and the India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks was also postponed as a result of the attack.