India to ask information about 7 Pulwama perpetrators from Pakistan

India is all set to ask information about the 7 militants behind the Pulwama attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy, according to resources. This bombing attack had killed 40 Indian troopers.

A formal judicial request prepared by National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking information about seven perpetrators will be sent to Pakistan, of which 4 are based in Pakistan — Maulana Masood Azhar, his brothers Abdul Rauf Asghar and Ibrahim Athar, and his cousin Ammar Alvi and three Pakistanis who came to India to execute the attack – Athar’s son Umar Farooq, Kamran (both killed in encounters with security forces after the Pulwama attack) and Ismail alias Saifullah who is currently being fine-tuned in the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the people added on condition of anonymity. Ismail is believed to be hiding in Kashmir.

Permission will be sought from the Court about sending the judicial request once the documents are finalised by MHA. The documents are believed to be completed by the end of this month.

Apart from the whereabouts of these perpetrators, India would ask about the communication details like WhatsApp chats, videos and voice chats among the culprits. Also, it will seek information about the various payments done during that time.

“A strong judicial request, equipped with irrefutable technical, material and circumstantial evidence, is being sent to Pakistan. We hope that instead of sheltering them, Pakistan provides evidence and takes action against the Jaish chief and his family members,” said a MHA official.

This is the first judicial request from India to Pakistan about the Pulwama attack. India has earlier sent judicial requests to the latter in 2016 about the Pathankot IAF base attack and 26/11 Mumbai attack but all went in vain.