India’s most sensible counter-terrorism company on Monday charged Jaish-i-Mohammed (JeM) and its chief Masood Azhar with perpetrating a perilous attack at the Pathankot air pressure base in January this yr.
The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) alleged that every one 4 gunmen who stormed the air base on Jan 2 have been “Pakistani nationals” and that Masood Azhar, the highest chief of JeM, used to be the mastermind at the back of the attack.
“All of the terrorists are accused of waging conflict towards India. This used to be a legal conspiracy to attack our safety infrastructure,” stated a senior reliable on the NIA in New Delhi.
The presentation of a charge-sheet to a tribulation courtroom wraps up India’s investigation into the 19-hour siege on the Pathankot air base by which seven Indian safety body of workers and the 4 assailants have been killed.
The attack, which got here every week after Indian Top Minister Narendra Modi paid a ‘wonder’ seek advice from to Top Minister Nawaz Sharif at the instance of his granddaughter’s wedding ceremony in Lahore remaining yr, derailed a tentative thaw between the nuclear-armed competitors.
A joint investigation into the attack went nowhere and pressure between the neighbours has risen over the process a yr marked via protests and cross-border clashes in India-held Kashmir.
Investigators in New Delhi stated the charge-sheet and proof can be presented to Pakistani government to do so towards the perpetrators of the attack.
“We would like Pakistan to arrest Maulana Masood Azhar and he will have to be deported to India,” stated a senior Indian house ministry legitimate who’s overseeing the investigation.
The charge-sheet cited DNA samples, meals packets from Pakistan present in woodlands close to the air base, a walkie-talkie set and a observe present in a automotive utilized by the militants to force to the bottom.
India stated it had previous given what it referred to as “actionable intelligence” on alleged Jaish involvement within the attack to Pakistan, together with phone intercepts.
Pakistan took Azhar, who used to be additionally blamed for a 2001 attack on India’s parliament, into ‘protecting custody’ after the Pathankot attack.
Its investigators later discovered no proof towards both Azhar or Jaish-i-Mohammed.