New Delhi: The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, who were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, were in touch with Pakistani handlers in Shakargarh area of Punjab’s Narowal district in Pakistan, a report by India Today said on Saturday. Also Read - Govt Asks Wikipedia to Remove Link that Shows Wrong Map of Jammu and Kashmir
Police found a digital mobile radio manufactured by a Pakistani company ‘Micro Electronics’ and QMobile smartphone from the four killed terrorists. They also found texts that indicated that the terrorists were in touch with Pakistani handlers. Also Read - Operation All-Out in Kashmir: Forces And Civil Society Need to Kill Terrorism's Psyche
A report by Hindustan Times said that the terrorists were in talks with Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s (JeM) operational commanders Mufti Rauf Asghar and Qari Zarar and were intending to wreak havoc in the Valley. Mufti Asghar is the younger brother of JeM chief Masood Azhar. Also Read - Shehla Rashid Reacts To Her Estranged Father's Charges, Calls Them 'Absolutely Baseless'
Meanwhile, India has conveyed strong concern to Pakistan over the planned terror attack by JeM in J&K. “Strong protest lodged demanding Pakistan stops supporting terrorists operating from their territory. GOI firm & resolute in taking all necessary measures to safeguard national security,” news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.
Pakistan High Commission official in Delhi was also summoned by Ministry of External Affairs.
Notably, a total of four terrorists were Thursday morning gunned down during an encounter with security forces near Ban toll plaza in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota. The four terrorists were suspected to belong from terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had Friday held a review meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary, and top intelligence officials over Nagrota encounter. The meeting came after it was found that terrorists were planning a big attack on the anniversary of 26/11 terror attack
Speaking on the terror aversion in Nagrota, PM Modi had said that it was another indication of India thwarting Pakistan’s efforts to wreak major havoc and destruction.
“Our security forces have once again displayed utmost bravery and professionalism. Thanks to their alertness, they have defeated a nefarious plot to target grassroots level democratic exercises in Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi had added.