MHA sanction to NIA to prosecute Azhar, three others in Pathankot attack

The four terrorists, after entering into India from Bamiyal area of Gurudaspur, had carried out the strike inside the strategic IAF base.

Published: 28th November 2016 07:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th November 2016 07:50 PM   |  A+A-

Masood Azhar

Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar (File | AFP)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Home Ministry has given sanction to NIA to file a charge sheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others in the Pathankot terror strike carried out on January 2.
    
After receiving sanction under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the NIA will name Azhar, his brother Rauf Asghar, and handlers of four terrorists -- Qashif Jan and Shaid Latif in the charge sheet to be filed soon, official sources said.
    
The four terrorists, after entering into India from Bamiyal area of Gurudaspur, had carried out the strike inside the strategic Pathankot Indian Air Force base killing eight people including seven personnel of IAF and NSG.
    
The fresh charge sheet will help India in building pressure on the international community to declare Azhar and his organisation a global terror group under the United Nations' anti-terror laws. The previous attempts were spurned after China exercised its veto power.
    
The charge sheet will name only four terrorists involved in the attack as against six claimed by the NSG.
    
According to the NIA, the terrorists, who were killed after two days of gunfight were identified as Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum and they were residents of Vehari (Punjab), Gujranwala (Punjab), Sanghar (Sindh) and Sukkur (Sindh) districts of Pakistan respectively.
    
The NIA's probe will also include looking into the phone numbers and a conversation that one of the terrorists had minutes before launching the attack besides a video message of Rauf released on Jaish-affiliated website minutes after the strike.
    
In the video message, which was subsequently removed from the website, Rauf had claimed responsibility for the Pathankot attack.
    
The charge sheet will also include evidence of linking the footprints of one of the terrorists obtained from Bamiyal besides matching of DNA sample found from a soft drink can in the hijacked car of Punjab Superintendent of Police Salwinder Singh.
    
The Pathankot terror strike had seen a joint investigation team from Pakistan also arriving in India for carrying out a thorough probe.
    
However, upon their return, the Pakistani team claimed that India neither shared much of evidence nor allowed it to interrogate the personnel involved in repulsing the attack.

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