The NIA chargesheet in the Pathankot terror attack case not only provides evidence on the strike at the IAF base but also links its perpetrator Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) with blasts in Tangdhar, Samba, Kathua and Rajbagh in J&K last year.
The main handler of the Pathankot attackers, Kashif Jan, had claimed in his Facebook messages that he had planned the attacks at Kathua and Samba on March 20-21 last year. He was in constant touch with the Pathankot attackers over phone during the strike.
Government sources said Pakistan would be informed about the chargesheet against Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf, Shahid Latif, Kashif and other JeM activists.
NIA director general Sharad Kumar told TOI, “All evidence — be it technical, oral, digital, DNA samples or field investigations — is irrefutable. It…can stand the scrutiny of any international authority.”
In Kathua, the first in the series of terror attacks unleashed by Pakistan-based outfits in J&K, three people were killed. NIA claimed in its Pathankot chargesheet that it recovered documentary and digital evidence pointing to JeM’s role in Samba and Rajbagh attacks too.
The chargesheet said the terrorists had left two slips of paper in the Pathankot attack, which had the same message in Urdu and Hindi, “Jaish-e-Mohammad zindabad, Tangdhar se le kar Samba Kathua Rajbagh aur Delhi tak, Afzal Guru Shaheed ke jan nisar tum ko milte rahenge. Insha Allah.”
The chargesheet added, “The slips, along with other corroborative evidence , established they were JeM members based in Pakistan and that the attack was one of the series carried out by them after Tangdhar, Samba, Kathua, Rajbagh in revenge for the death of Afzal Guru”. It said Kashif shared information on the Pathankot attack on Facebook, including photos related to action taken by Indian forces against terrorists in J&K.
Intelligence sources said JeM was involved in all the attacks. Lashkar-e-Taiba has also been active in J&K over the last year and was held responsible for several attacks, including the one on the Army base in Uri.