1. How terrorists carried out Pathankot attack: Google Maps to plan, Facebook to connect

How terrorists carried out Pathankot attack: Google Maps to plan, Facebook to connect

National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a chargesheet on Monday and gave detailed information on the Pathankot airbase attack planned by Jaish-e-Mohammad's (JeM).

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 20, 2016 1:09 PM
The NIA charge sheet also says that the attackers while moving towards the air base received several calls from Pakistan from a number which was found out to be associated with Kashif Jan's Facebook account. (Express Photo) The NIA charge sheet also says that the attackers while moving towards the air base received several calls from Pakistan from a number which was found out to be associated with Kashif Jan’s Facebook account. (Express Photo)

National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a chargesheet on Monday and gave detailed information on the Pathankot airbase attack planned by Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) Shahid Latif. The NIA names Latif, Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar along with Kashif Jan in its charge sheet. NIA gathered information from a witness who said that the attackers were shown the Pathankot airbase on Google maps. The witness also said that the attackers were “very talkative” and boasted about their association with Jaish-e-Mohammad Jihadist group and talked about the motivation provided by Jaish chief, Masood Achar. The charge sheet also said that Latif believed that the attack was “easy” because it was surrounded by forests, according to a report in The Indian Express.

The NIA charge sheet also says that the attackers while moving towards the air base received several calls from Pakistan from a number which was found out to be associated with Kashif Jan’s Facebook account. The content of Kashif Jan’s account proves his strong affiliation with JeM members. NIA also attached with its charge sheet the conversation between Jaish members about the Pathankot attack. Another contact number the terrorists contacted was found to be associated with a trust called Al Rehmat Trust, a trust which collects funds to carry out its terror activities. The charge sheet points out that it was on its website, www.rangoor.com that an audio clip by Asghar taking responsibility of the attack was uploaded. The witness identified the voice to be that of Asghar. the transcript of the audio clip was uploaded on alqalamonline.com, hosting of which is paid by a Pakistan credit card.

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Evidences of medicines, food packets and shoes of the terrorists were attached by the NIA to establish the terrorist’s links with Pakistan. Items including syringes, Chinese lighters and painkillers were also listed in the charge sheet by the NIA. The chargesheet, however remained inconclusive on the presence of more than 4 terrorists.

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