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US confirms Pakistan’s hand in Pathankot airbase attack

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As the NIA is considering filing a chargesheet against Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar in the Pathankot terror attack, the US has confirmed the role of Pakistan in the same. The IP addresses of Facebook accounts of Pathankot masterminds have been traced to Pakistan. On January 2, 2016, a heavily armed terrorist group attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station which is a part of the India’s Western Air Command and six Indian security personnel were killed in the attack.

The probe reveals that the IP address of the terrorist group’s financial arm Al Rahmat Trust, are located in Pakistan. Also the Facebook groups accessed by friends of JeM handler Kashif Jaan contained photos of the four killed terrorists – Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum.

While the attack was being carried out, the webpage of Al Rahmat Trust was uploaded on rangonoor.com and alqalamonline.com, which are administrated by a person named “Tariq Siddiqui.” Both the sites had a common email and the address was trailed to Rafah-e-Aam Society in Malir, Karachi. “The US has confirmed that all these websites and IP addresses originated in Pakistan and these were uploaded around the time of the Pathankot attack ,” an official said.

It has surfaced that Jaan was using a Facebook account connected to the same mobile number which the attackers called from Pathankot after abducting Punjab police SP Salwinder Singh. The terrorists had also called another number in Pakistan connected to the Facebook account of “Mulla Daadullah”. These accounts were accessed around the time of the attack using IP addresses of Pakistan-based telecom firms (Telenor and Pakistan TeleCommunications Company Ltd).