Pakistan involved in Pathankot airbase attack: US

The popular social networking website Facebook is accessed by millions of people from around the world which also includes the Facebook groups accessed by the members of Jaish-e-Muhammad’s (JeM) and friends of its handler Kashif Jaan who were related to JeM and Jihad.

On 2nd January 2016, a heavily armed group attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, which is part of the India’s Western Air Command, killing 6 Indian security personnel.

India have blamed JeM, a Pakistan based Jihadi group for being the mastermind behind brutal assault.

Two months after asking Pakistan to bring the executioners of the Pathankot terrorist attack to justice, US has now handed over the evidence which confirms that the attackers of Pathankot Air Station  came from Pakistan.

Yet again Pakistan finds itself in trouble as the documents which are handed over by US to NIA consist of crucial evidence which reveals the role of Pakistan based terror group​ JeM behind this terror attack.

US has handed over a 1000 page summary to NIA, which consist of the conversations and chats exchanged between the four terrorists who executed the attack at the Pathankot airbase and JeM handler Kashif Jaan with whom they have maintained regular contact.

The 4 members of JeM, who were eventually killed in the Pathankot attack had been  identified as Abu Bakar from Gujranwala, Nasir Hussain from Punjab, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum from Sindh.

One of the 4 members of JeM, Jaan was using Facebook account which was connected to the same mobile number from which the attackers have called from Pathankot after kidnapping Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh, apart from the Whatsapp chats and other platforms, says the report. These Social network accounts which were reportedly being operated by Jaan were also assessed around the time of the Pathankot attack using IP addresses of one of the telecom firms which is based in Pakistan.

The NIA had taken help from US to provide the details of these accounts and chats and the proof was shared by the US through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between both the countries.

This attack occurred a few days after PM Narendra Modi paid a ‘surprise’ visit to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his birthday on December 25 and it was also the occasion of his granddaughter’s wedding, a step that appeared to improve the ties between the two countries in the future.

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