Terrorists attack Pathankot Air Force Base
2 Jan 2016
- The Pathankot Air Force base was attacked by a group of six terrorists who entered posing as security personnel.
- The attack continued for three days resulting in the death of 7 Indian security personnel as well as of all six terrorists involved.
- Officials suspected Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad of carrying out the attacks; however, the Kashmir based United Jehad Council claimed responsibility for the attack.
Strategic significance of the attack
- The Pathankot Air Base is located 50 km from the Pakistan border and is the primary base for the MIG 21 Bison fighters and the MI-35 attack helicopters.
- The base serves as a strategic attack position in case of war with Pakistan, being the first line of attack for the Indian Air Force.
- Sources state the terrorists were instructed to "blow up" the MI-35s.
How did the terrorists enter the base?
- It later emerged that the SP of Gurdaspur, Salwinder Singh was assaulted by a group of men dressed in army fatigues, who were believed to be the terrorists involved in the Pathankot attack.
- The terrorists car-jacked his SUV and used it to drive to the base.
- The NIA will subject Singh to a polygraph test over alleged inconsistencies in his statement after the incident.
India warns of calling off Indo-Pak talks
- India handed over the evidence to Pakistan, linking the Pakistan based JeM to the attacks, so that Islamabad can take action against those involved.
- Prime Minister Modi told the cabinet that the bilateral talks would not resume until Islamabad took decisive action against the JeM.
- Foreign Secretary level talks scheduled for January 15 may now be postponed in light of this evidence.
NIA traces terrorist's calls to Pak
8 Jan 2016
- As the investigation into the Pathankot attack continues, the NIA has released two Pakistan based phone numbers which were used by the terrorists during the attacks.
- The NIA has also stated that the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masoor Azhar was the 'handler' who coordinated the attack.
- The details are incontrovertible evidence that elements on Pakistani soil are responsible for the attacks in India.
Pakistan arrests several JeM members, seals offices
13 Jan 2016
- Several individuals belonging to JeM, which is suspected to have engineered the Pathankot terror attack, were arrested by Pakistani authorities.
- The authorities also sealed JeM's offices.
- The action came after India hinted that Islamabad's "prompt and decisive" response may become the deciding factor whether foreign secretary-level talks get scheduled between the 2 countries.
- Pakistan may also send a probe team to India.
JeM Chief taken into 'protective custody' in Pak
14 Jan 2016
- In a sign of progress in the Pathankot attacks case, Pakistani authorities have claimed to have apprehended JeM Chief, Maulana Masood Azhar.
- Pakistan's Federal Minister of State Lt General Qadir Baloch said that Masood Azhar was taken into 'protective custody' and not arrested, while speaking on the matter to Geo News.
- Indian authorities have not received official confirmation on the matter from Pakistan yet.
No evidence on Sayeed's role in Pathankot: Pakistan
8 Feb 2016
- A Pakistani Special Investigative Team concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), masterminded the Pathankot assault.
- Sources said the SIT informed the civil and military leadership in Pakistan that the Indian evidence was insufficient to implicate Maulana Azhar.
- However, the team did not rule out involvement of some low cadre members of the JeM.
Pakistan files FIR against unknown individuals
19 Feb 2016
- The Pakistani police have filed an FIR in the Pathankot airbase attack against unknown persons.
- The move records the first official acknowledgement by Pakistani officials of the country's involvement in the attacks.
- The FIR was lodged under sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, and sections 7 and 21-I of the Anti-Terrorism Act but did not include Maulana Masood Azhar's name.
Pakistan arrests 3 suspects over Pathankot investigation
28 Feb 2016
- Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court granted six-day physical remand to three suspects, Khalid Mahmood, Irshadul Haque and Muhammad Shoaib, said to be involved in the Pathankot airbase attack.
- The suspects had been arrested by Pakistan's Counter Terrorism Department from a rented house near Chand Da Qila bypass.
- The three were suspected of being the main facilitator of the Pathankot attacks; however, they have denied all charges.
Pak probe team arrives in India
27 Mar 2016
- A Pakistani probe team arrived in India to survey the Pathankot airbase and meet NIA officials to discuss the progress of the terror attack investigation.
- The five-member team includes ISI and Military Intelligence officials led by Chief of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department and Additional Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Tahir Rai.
- They were granted a 15 day visa to complete all investigation formalities.
NIA submits names of Pathankot attackers to Pak
31 Mar 2016
- The National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted the identity of the four terrorists who attacked the Pathankot airbase and their two Pakistan-based Jaish handlers to the Pakistani investigative team.
- The NIA added that Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum were residents of Pakistan.
- Rajnath Singh stated that Pakistan also acknowledged that the Pathankot attack was orchestrated on their soil.
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