New Delhi: In a recent development, National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet of over 100 pages against the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) organisation in respect to the Pathankot terror attack on the Indian Airforce base on January 2.
As per reports, in the charge sheet filed the NIA named the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and his brother Rauf Asghar along with three other accused for carrying the terror attack on the IAF base.
Masood Azhar was named the mastermind behind the attacks by the NIA.
Post the Pathankot terror attack, Masood’s brother Rauf Asghar had released a video clip in which he had claimed the responsibility of the attack at the IAF base. Asghar also appreciated the role of his brother in executing the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack.
Rauf Asghar was released in exchange for passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines plane IC-814 in 1999.
As per reports doing rounds, it is being said that India will be filing the charge sheet on various forums in order to highlight the role of Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attack.
Previously, the Home Ministry had authorised NIA to file the charge sheet against Azhar, his brother and two handlers of four terrorists — Qashif Jan and Shaid Latif, under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
According to NIA, the charge sheet which they filed with Mohali court in Punjab, will also include the link of the footprints of one of the terrorists, obtained from Bamiyal, to the DNA sample found from a soft-drink can in the hijacked car of Punjab Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.
All the terrorists were killed after two days of gunfight. The terrorists were identified as Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum. As per NIA, they were residents of Vehari (Punjab), Gujranwala (Punjab), Sanghar (Sindh) and Sukkur (Sindh) of Pakistan respectively.
On January 2, 2016, Four terrorists had carried out a terror strike at the Pathankot IAF base killing eight people including seven personnel of IAF and NSG.