The US confirmed Pakistan’s hand in the terrorist attack on Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot. The US has given proof to the National Investigate Agency (NIA) that confirming Pakistan’s role in the strike. It emanated from Pakistan.
On 2nd January a heavily armed group attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station which killed 7 security personnel, 1 civilian and 5 attacker.
The US agencies have located the IP address of Facebook accounts of the masterminds of the Pathankot attack in Pakistan. The new evidence proved that the attack was planned, directed, organized from the neighbor country. The report confirmed that the attack was accomplished by the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The US report also revealed that the IP addresses of Facebook accounts of JeM group and IP addresses of the website of the terror group’s financial farm Al Rahmat Trust have been located in Pakistan. According to the report, during the Pathankot attack Al Rahmat Trust’s webpage was uploaded on alqalamonline.com and rangonoor.com. The websites are managed by Tariq Siddiqui with a common email and the address is in Rafah-e-Aam Society in Malir, Karachi, Pakistan.
Kasif Jaan, the JeM handler was using a FB account which was connected to the same mobile number which the terrorists called from after kidnapping Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh. The report also found that the four terrorists killed in the attack were the friends of Kasif Jaan who accessed the FB groups.
Earlier, the US handed over a 1000 page evidence report to NIA which disclosed Pakistan’s role in the attack. The report included chats and conversations between the terrorists and the terror groups which are in Pakistan.
A member of the Joint Investigation Team who probed the matter said that the JeM leader gave instructions to the terrorists over phone during the attack over two dozen times. And he has managed to cross the Afghan border before the attack.
The new US report left Pakistan in an embarrassing situation. The country failed to take any action against the perpetrators of crime. They claimed lack of evidence in the matter. Between March 27 and 31 a five member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan has visited India to collect evidence. The team had met with the NIA officials in New Delhi and also gave access to the terror attack spot, the Pathankot airbase.
But Islamabad alleged that their investigators have not get full access as they were not allowed to talk with the eyewitnesses. However, India requested Pakistan to allow its investigators to questions the suspected masterminds of that attack including JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother. But Pakistan has not officially responded to India’s request.