New Delhi, December 19
National Investigating Agency has named Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and three others in the terror attack at Pathankot air base in January this year..
The NIA has reached this conclusion after a nearly one year-long investigation into the terror attack in the opening days of this year , which followed a little over a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a sudden air dash to Lahore to meet and congratulate his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on December 25, last year.
It is not known that how Pakistan would respond to the evidence collected by NIA in this case.
It may be mentioned that NIA is also investigating the two other terror attacks at the Uri army unit on September 18 and Nagrota on November 29 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistani establishment patronizes Masood Azhar. ISI had played a crucial role in securing his release by getting an Indian airliner IC 814 hijacked when the aircraft was on its way to Delhi from Kathmandu in December 1999. The plane was parked in Kandahar, the capital of Taliban , which was ruling Afghanistan that time .
All Indian pleas to Pakistan to take action against Hafiz Saeed of Jamait-ud-Dawa ( a front for Lashkar-e- Toiba ) and Masood Azhar for their terror activities in India have fallen on deaf ears . Pakistan has repeatedly declined to accept the evidence collected by India .
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