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Jaish Chief among the Four Handlers Identified in Pathankot Attacks

 

Indian security forces man a road barrier outside an Indian air force base in Pathankot, 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Gunmen attacked the air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Indian security forces man a road barrier outside an Indian air force base in Pathankot, 430 kilometers (267 miles) north of New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. Gunmen attacked the air force base near the border with Pakistan on Saturday morning and exchanged fire with security forces, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

In a latest development, the Indian intelligence agencies have identified four main handlers of the Pathankot Air base attack. It includes Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of the Pak based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, his brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and two others named Ashfaq and Kashim.

According to the intelligent sources, there are also evidences about the conspiracy being hatched in Markaj, near Lahore, and the Government of India has shared the details of these four militants through proper channels to Pakistan. It is said that India has also demanded stern action against the perpetrators.

Rauf Asghar was the mastermind in the IC-814 hijack case of 1999, in which an Air India plane has been taken over by the militants on its reaching Kathmandu, and later on taken to Khandahar in Afghanistan. The crisis has lasted for eight days and ended only after the government agreed to release three hard core militants including Asghar, in return for the freedom of hostages.

 

 

 

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