Did terrorists use Google maps to plan Pathankot attack?

NIA finally filed charge sheet against JeM Chief Masood Azhar and named him as the mastermind of the Pathankot air base attack.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) who filed charge sheet against Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, and three others for their alleged involvement in the Pathankot attack, revealed that the terrorists could have used Google maps to attack the air base.

According to a leading daily, the NIA in its charge sheet mentioned that the forests around the air base made it convenient for the attack to unfold the attack. The NIA further said that one of the attackers was “very talkative” as he kept on repeating his affiliation with the terror outfit JeM and its chief Masood Azhar.

As per the charge sheet, one of the terrorist kept addressing someone as “ustadji” over the phone. Additionally, the charge sheet revealed that the attack was code-named “nikaah” while the attackers were named “Baraati” and was planned and plotted back in 2014.

Four terrorists and two handlers have been named in the case. These terrorists include JeM leader Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar and two handlers – Kashif Jan and Shahid Latif with Masood Azhar being named as the mastermind.

The charge sheet also includes the financial details of JeM- the Pakistan-based Deobandi Jihadist group which is also active in Kashmir.

All the evidence against the attackers have been shared with Pakistan but the country has not yet responded back.

Earlier this year, four terrorists entered India from Bamiyal area of Gurdaspur and attacked Pathankot Indian Air Force base thereby killing eight people including seven personnel of NSG and IAF.

Earlier this year, four heavily armed terrorists attacked Pathankot Indian Air Force base thereby killing eight people including 7 security personnel and injuring 38 others in the attack.