The United States of America on Monday handed over information giving proofs of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack at the Pathankot airbase in India. The US informed the NIA that the IP address of the Facebook accounts of Jaish-e-Mohammed masterminds and the outfits’ financial aid, AL Rahmat Trust have been traced back t Pakistan. The probe also revealed that the FB groups accessed by friends of Kashif Jaan, JeM handler were related to Jihad and contained pictures of the four killed terrorists Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum.
According to the ToI, the time of the attack in Pathankot, the Al-Rahmat Trust’s official website was uploaded on rangonoor.com and alqalamonline.com, administered through a common mail from Rafah-e-Aam society in Karachi. The leader giving instructions to the terrorists by a phone is reported to have fled Afghanistan. The Jaish-e-Mohammed leader who gave directions over the phone to the terrorists during the attack on the Pathankot air base has reportedly managed to flee to Afghanistan from Pakistan.
Earlier on January 2, 2016, a heavily armed group of militants attacked the Pathankot airbase, killing 6 Indian security personnel. The gun battle and the subsequent combing operation lasted about 17 hours, resulting in five attackers and three security personnel dead. Three others were later declared dead after being admitted to hospital following grave injuries. The attack led to a breakdown in India-Pakistan relations, which has become worse after Pakistan’s alleged interference in India’s internal matters. Media reports suggested that the attack was an attempt to derail a fragile peace process meant to stabilise the deteriorated relations between India and Pakistan. Earlier this year, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged that his government would leave no leaves unturned to investigate the use of Pakistani soil in the January 2 attack on the Pathankot airbase.