New Delhi, March 28: India had said since day one that it is convinced that the Pathankot air base attack was carried out by the dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammad. The outfit headed by Maulana Masood Azhar thrives on a hate India policy and the Pathankot attack was another way of conveying that message.
When the NIA holds discussions with the Joint Investigation Team from Pakistan, it would place before a bit of crucial evidence which provides the direct link between the attack and the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The link is an operative called Kashif Jaan.
Who is Kashid Jaan and what is his role?
Kashif Jaan was in fact the operative who dropped the attackers off at the Indo-Pak border before they made their advent into the Pathankot air force station. The terrorists after entering India had called Jaan and the tracking of the call found that his location was Shakagarh Tehsil in Narowal, Pakistan.
Further the NIA had also tracked 16 more calls that were made to Jaan.
There was also a call made to Jaan after the terrorists had entered the air force station. The NIA says that they will seek out more details regarding Jaan from the JIT and are hopeful that the information will be provided.
Jaan is a senior operative of the Jaish-e-Mohammad. His name finds a mention in several dossiers that have been prepared by the Intelligence Bureau. Jaan is a trusted aide of both Masood Azhar and his brother Rauf. Moreover Jaan is part of the core planning committee of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and is roped in for every major event.
Once the evidence is shared with the JIT, they would need to provide more information regarding Jaan. The conversations that Jaan would have had with Azhar and Rauf would also be necessary to further nail the Jaish-e-Mohamamd link to the attack.