The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday shared the identity of the four Pakistani Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorists, who were killed inside the IAF airbase in Pathankot on 2 January this year, with the Pakistani Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that is on a visit to India.
According to officials, the name of the four terrorists, whose pictures were recently released by the NIA on its website, are Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum and they were residents of Vehari (Punjab), Gujranwala (Punjab), Sanghar (Sindh) and Sukkur (Sindh) districts of Pakistan, respectively.
Officials said that the purpose behind sharing the details with the JIT was to force the Pakistani authorities to act on the concrete proof that has been provided to them. ““We have asked them to confirm the details of these terrorists and their handlers and get back to us. These slain terrorists were all citizens of Pakistan and were roaming freely in that country hour before they attacked the IAF base. The kind of evidences, with their names and addresses that we have shared, can be easily verified by the Pakistani authorities,” an official with the Home Ministry said.
\Officials also said that the identities of the handlers of these terrorists were also given to the JIT. The Jaish handlers identified by the NIA are Kashif Jan, resident of Tehsil Dusra in Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Shahid Latif, resident of More Aminabad in Gujaranwala.