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India identifies JeM as handlers of Pathankot attack


Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed was in constant touch with the six terrorists who stormed an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in the early hours of 1 January and killed seven Indian soldiers.

India has shared the telephone numbers and the identity of the handlers with Pakistan and has asked it to act on these individuals, senior government officials have reportedly said.

India has identified JeM founder Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar, Ashfaq Ahmed and Qasim Jaan as the chief villains of the Pathankot attack.

While Azhar oversaw the operations, his brother Asghar and two others were in touch with the terrorists.

India has also given the details of two types of Pakistan-made drugs — Neuro Bedoxine and Dicloran — found on the bodies, as evidence.

A senior official said the government also decided to constitute a high-level committee to study the gaps in security along the Pakistan border, especially on the Punjab frontier. It is through a riverine stretch in the Bamiyal sector of Gurdaspur district that the terrorists involved in the Pathankot attack as well as the July 27 attack on the Dinanagar police station are believed to have sneaked into Indian territory.

Experts of the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee have been tasked with finding solutions to detect intrusions from a riverine route.

A senior government official told Media: “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will appoint the committee and it will conduct a detailed study to examine the security along the border with Pakistan. It will have government representatives and experts from other fields.”

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