Pathankot attack: NIA files charge sheet against Masood Azhar, 3 others

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Masood Azhar The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on December 19 filed a charge sheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others for masterminding the terror attack on the Pathankot Airbase in January.

Abdul Rauf Asghar, Masood Azhar’s brother, and two handlers Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan were named in the charge sheet. They have been charged under various sections of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, the Arms Act, 1959, the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

The Union Home Ministry has given sanction to the agency to file the charge sheet against Azhar, Asghar, Shaid Latif, Qashif Jan under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

A Red Corner Notice (RCN) was also issued by the Interpol for arrest of the three JeM attackers involved in the attack on Air Force Station (AFS), Pathankot.

The accused, their leaders, handlers and co-conspirators, including Masood Azhar, set up training camps in Pakistan and PoK area, for training of terrorists to carry out terror attacks on Indian territory.

Pakistan has so far not acted on Interpol’s RCN, which shares evidence, phone conversations of the four slain terrorists, their addresses, family members’ details, financial details of Al-Rehmat Trust (financial arm of JeM) among others.

The terrorists launched the attack early in the morning on January 2, 2016. After noticing suspicious movement, the Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force followed the terrorists from the MES Stores towards the MES Motor Transport (MT) Section.

During the operation, seven persons were martyred and 37 persons were injured inside the Air Force Station, Pathankot.