Nearly 350 voice messages, were exchanged between the terrorist and their handlers in Pakistan in the run-up to the 14 February 2019 terror attack in Pulwama.
A charge sheet, filed by the NIA on Tuesday, has transcripts and descriptions of certain chats to establish their case against Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group. In those chats, Mohammed Umer Farooq Maulana Masood Azhar’s nephew, asks Rouf Asgar and Azhar’s brothers Ammar Alvi to deposit money into a Pakistani bank account to fund the attack.
According to the charge sheet, Rs 10 lakh is transferred in two accounts in Allied Bank and Meezan Bank of Pakistan, in the name of Umer Farooq. Another chat shows that Rs 5.7 lakh is spent on preparing two IEDs from this account, which is used on 14 February 2019 to murder 40 CRPF staff.
The Jaish, the charge sheet says, also intended to use the Pulwama attack for propaganda. The NIA has already compared Asgar ‘s voice from those chats to that of his open-source voice samples.
Umer Farooq was killed a month after the Pulwama attack in an encounter. Umer, who had managed to infiltrate India in April 2018, had carried with him roughly 12 kg of RDX, according to the NIA charge sheet.
NIA sources said the voice notes that were exchanged in Pakistan between the terrorists and their Jaish handlers were primarily from the time before the attack. Some voice notes were missing from the initial few months when Umer Farooq was infiltrated into Kashmir, but all the photographs were recovered.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said the information that the NIA has gathered against Masood Azhar, Jaish, and how the whole attack was driven from Pakistani land would help India build pressure on Pakistan in international fora like the Financial Action Task Force where it is trying to escape blacklisting.