Islamabad: According to media reports in Pakistanthe agencies there have concluded preliminary investigation into Pathankot attack and have rejected proofs of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack furnished by India.
The report said that the report has already been shared with Indian counter-parts. The report said the authorities have not found the phone number of terrorists’ handler registered with any service provider in Pakistan.
“India had given telephone numbers and phone intercept to Pakistan, sources said and added that the former believes Pathankot attackers had chat from these numbers.
“India had also claimed that the perpetrators were affiliated to banned outfit JEM.
“Pakistani authorities launched prompt investigation over the information provided by India, they said and added that the numbers provided by India were not registered in Pakistan,” the report carried by The News said.
The terrorists, who carried out the attack in Pathankot, were in regular touch with their Pakistani handlers. A report revealed that the two phone numbers to which calls were made by the attackers are of Pakistan.
The Times of India published two phone numbers, +92-3017775253 and +92 300097212, to which calls were made by the preprators of Pathankot Airbase attack after they entered India. Both these numbers belong to Pakistan.
According to the report, the first number probably belongs to the mother of one of the militants, while the second one belongs to one of the handlers of the attackers.
Intelligence Bureau officials told TOI that the terrorists called their handler “ustaad” while describing their positions inside Punjab after crossing over from Pakistan.
Terrorists called up on +92 300097212 at 9.12 pm on December 31 from the phone of taxi driver Ikaagar Singh. Preparators also received four phone calls on Ikrar Singh’s number. “On this number, in fact, the terrorist is heard telling the attacker to kill the taxi driver,” the official told TOI.
One of the terrorists called up his mother in the middle of attack from the mobile phone of jeweller Rajesh Verma. The call was made to +92-3017775253 at around 8.30 am, five hours after the attack was launched on the airbase.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar, mastermind of IC-814 hijack case, are among four persons identified by Indian intelligence agencies as ‘handlers’ behind the recent Pathankot attack.
Besides the agencies claimed to have found evidence that “conspiracy” was hatched near Lahore.
The details of these four persons have been shared with Pakistan “through proper channel” and India has pressed for stern action against them as a condition for any future talks with Pakistan, the sources claimed.
Six terrorists, who had sneaked into the country from Indo-Pak border in Pakistan, had attacked Indian Air Force base in Pathankot during the intervening night of January 1 and 2.
They were killed during a counter-operation by Indian forces that lasted for about three days in which seven security personnel were killed.