Pathankot, Jan 13: Even as Pakistan sought more evidence on the Pathankot attack, India has managed to identify the phone numbers which were contacted by the terrorists.
In all there were five numbers that were provided to Pakistan, but it was claimed by them that these SIM cards were not registered in that country.
The NIA, which is probing the case, has been relying heavily on both forensics and technical analysis to dish out as much evidence as possible.
There are clear indications to suggest that the attack was plotted and launched from Pakistan. India has so far managed to identify three of the numbers that the terrorists called prior to launching the Pathankot attack.
Who do these numbers belong to?
One of the calls was made to Dera Ismail Khan at Bhawalpur where the Jaish-e-Mohammad is headquartered.
The other was made to Nusrat who is the mother of one of the terrorists.
Another number was registered with the al-Rahmat Trust which is the financial wing of the Jaish-e-Mohammad.
India has now sought more details of the other two numbers. Prima facie it appears that the two other numbers belonged to someone in Lahore and Karachi.
Indian officials say that it could have been one of the handlers who may have been instructing the terrorists at Pathankot from Karachi and Lahore.
None of these numbers are in operation as of now. In fact it had been turned off or taken out of service immediately after the attack commenced.
This is a well known modus operandi and numbers are taken off the radar the moment the job is complete.
One got to witness something similar during the Udhampur attack as well.
Mohammad Naved who had been captured by the security forces had given the NIA a number that belonged to Pakistan.
Minutes after the Hindustan Times managed to call that number and confirm that it was from Pakistan, it was taken of service.