Pakistani attacks on India
This is a collection of articles archived for the excellence of their content.
Major terrorist attacks on security forces: 1999-2016
Here is a brief timeline of the major attacks that have taken place in India since 1999 till Sept 2016.
1999, 3 November, Ten army personnel martyred in fidayeen attack on 15 Corps Headquarters at Srinagar's Badami Bagh.
2002, 14 May, 36 lives were lost and 48 people were injured in a fidayeen attack on an army cantonment in Kaluchak, Jammu. Most of the killed were family members.
2003, 22 July, A three-member team storms an Army camp in Akhnoor. Eight security force personnel were martyred, including a Brigadier, and 12 others were injured.
2005, 6 April, A day before the bus from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir was to be flagged off, two suicide squad terrorists attacked the Tourist Reception Centre.
2006, 5 October, Terrorists attack at Budshah Chowk, in heart of Srinagar. Five JKP personnel, two CRPF soldiers and one civilian lost their lives.
2013, 31 March, Attack on CRPF camp in Srinagar. Five jawans martyred.
2013, 24 June, Eight soldiers martyred in attack on military convoy at Hyderpora, Srinagar.
2013, September 26, At least 13 killed in twin suicide attacks Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 10 people, apart from three militants, were killed during the attacks.
2014, November 27, Ten persons, including four civilians, three Army soldiers and three terrorists were killed in day-long encounter at border village of Kathaar in Arnia sector, close to the international border of Jammu District.
2014, December 5, A group of heavily armed terrorists stormed into an Army's 31 Field Regiment Ordinance Camp located at Mohra in Uri Sector of Baramulla District near the LoC. One Lieutenant Colonel and seven soldiers of the Army, one ASI and two constables of Jammu and Kashmir Police were martyred.
2015, March 20, Suicide bombers in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Kathua district killing seven persons, including three SF personnel, two civilian and two militants while 12 persons, including eight CRPF personnel, three policemen and a civilian were also injured in the incident.
2015, March 21, Two terrorists were killed during a suicide attack at the Army camp on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway in Samba district. Three persons including one civilian, a Major and an Army jawan were also injured during the attack.
2015, May 31, Army foils attack on its Brigade headquarters in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district by killing four members of a group of six heavily armed terrorists.
2015, July 27, Three terrorists attacked a passenger bus and stormed a police station in Punjab's Dinanagar on July 27, killing seven persons including an SP, before being gunned down after a 12-hour firefight.
2015, December 7, Six CRPF personnel were injured when militants opened firing on their convoy near Green Tunnel at Samthan in Bijbehara in South Kashmir's Anantnag district.
2016, January 2, Terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force. All the five terrorists were killed in the gunbattle and the subsequent combing operation that lasted about 17 hours. Seven personnel were martyred in the attack.
2016, June 25, Eight CRPF personnel were martyred and 20 others injured when terrorists attacked their convoy at Frestbal near Pampore in Srinagar on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
2016, Sept 18: In the deadliest attack on the Army in Jammu and Kashmir, heavily armed terrorists stormed an Army camp in North Kashmir's Uri town in the wee hours on Sunday. 17 jawans were martyred and 20 have been seriously injured.
2016, Nov 29: Six Pakistani terrorists were killed in an attack on an Artillery unit of the Indian Army near Nagrota. The Indian Army lost four Majors and five jawans.
Pathankot attack: 2016
How the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan
The Times of India, Dec 20 2016
Pathankot attack code-named `nikaah'
The National Investigation Agency filed a chargesheet on Monday against Jaishe-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar and three others for the January 1 attack on Air The Force Station Pathankot, detailing the conspiracy hatched in Pakistan. The NIA chargesheet sa ys that the conspiracy was “not limited to Masood Az har“, hinting at the hand of Pakistani aut horities. It also named his brother and his de puty, Abdul Rauf Asg har, Shahid Latif of Gujranwala, Pakistan, and Kashif Jan, the main handler of the four killers. Training camps in Pakistan and POK were set up for recruit ment and training of terror ists, who underwent extensive motivational, physical, military and tactical training regimen before they were radicalised and prepared for jihad,“ says the NIA chargesheet on the attack on the Pathankot airbase.
Seven security personnel, including Lt Col Niranjan EK, were killed, while 37 others were injured. All four attackers were killed. The chargesheet will be used by India to push its case for imposing UN sanctions against Azhar -released in 1999 in exchange of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane -that China has so far opposed.
The chargesheet, filed at a Panch kula court, says JeM terrorists in Pakistan were monitoring the attack, with Kashif Jan watching TV channels and receiving chats from different persons on its status. The attack was code-named `nikaah' (wedding) and attackers were called `baraati' (wedding guests). Azhar and the rest have been charged under relevant sections of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as well as IPC.
The NIA filed the chargesheet without any response from Pakistan despite repeated requests.
The Facebook chats of Kashif and his aides reveal chilling details of how they shared congratulatory messages after Indian soldiers were killed. Among Kashif 's chats that NIA accessed, there's one by one Iqbal gloating, “Kya kaifiyat hai, kya nazare hain; bahut hi umda (what circumstances, and what sights, beautiful... applause),“ he tells Kashif.
In another chat, Mohammed Zia asks about the situation in Pathankot to which Kashif replies, “Nazare khatam hue, baraati ghar gaye (the scenes are over, and the wedding guests are home).“
The NIA also charged that the ter rorists wanted the Indian government to know that JeM was behind the attack. The terrorists brought along hand-written notes, one in English and another in Urdu, disclosing the purpose of the attack.
“Jaish-e-Mohammad Zindabad.Tanghdar se le kar Samba, Kathua, Rajbagh aur Delhi tak Afzal Guru Shaheed ke jaan-nesar...tum ko milte rahe.. Allah AGS 25-12-15,“ the note read, praising Guru as a `martyr' known from “Tanghdar to Delhi“.
The chargesheet seeks Azhar's prosecution along with his brother Rauf Asghar and others.
According to a witness, two of the terrorists who reached the airbase used codenames `Major' and `Alpha' while talking to their handlers on the phone.
The chargesheet also puts to rest speculation about number of terrorists involved in the attack as it talks about the presence of only four fidayeen, as first reported by TOI.
Ultras used FB for live updates during attack
The NIA chargesheet submitted in a Mohali court on Monday, revealed that even as terrorists hit the Pathankot airbase earlier this year, their handlers in Pakistan were on Facebook. They found social media to be a safe way to get minute-by-minute updates of the attack between January 2 and 5.
Monitoring by Indian intelligence agencies
The Times of India, Dec 20 2016
`Hold Feast For Friends In Pak, He Said'
In what reflects the motivation level among Jaish-e-Mohammad cadres, one of the fidayeen attackers in Pathankot IAF base terror attack in January , Nasir Hussain, who was personally mentored by Maulana Masood Azhar, wanted a “feast“ for his friends after his death. This is mentioned by NIA in its chargesheet filed on Monday. It was Hussain's calls to his handlers including Kashif Jan, his mother and a neighbour in his town in Pakistan's Punjab traced by Indian intelligence agencies which allowed security forces to react quickly . Hussain and other fidayeens had used superintendent of Punjab police Salwinder Singh's jeweller friend Rajesh Verma's phone and the phone of Innova driver Ikagar Singh to make these calls.
Hussain, a resident of Mohalla Chak in Vehari, about 100 kms from Multan, made these calls when they were hiding inside the base.
The NIA chargesheet says that Hussain during his 18minute conversation with a woman, whom he addressed as his mother, asked her to record his conversation on her mobile set.
As his last wish, he asked her “to host a `dawat` (feast) for my `derawala' friends after my death“, the anti-terror probe agency said, citing intercepts.
Hussain also took the names of some of his family members and relatives -Mudassir, Mariyam and Altamash. He told his mother that he along with three others was hiding in Indian Air Force camp (referring to Pathankot base) and he had infiltrated around 2 am on December 30, 2015. “He also spoke to his brother or cousin who was referred to by the name Babar, and to another person name (d) Munna“, the chargesheet reads.
“During the conversation with his mother, Hussain mentioned about one “ustad“ (teacher) who was supposed to come to her with his “Wasihat“ (last wish) af ter his death“, said the chargesheet that named Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others as the masterminds of the terror attack.
The telephone call was made while the terrorists were hiding inside the air base as he told his mother that they were about to attack the camp.
The calls were made about 9.20 am on January 1, 2016, to a Pakistan telephone number belonging to Khayam Bhatti, also known as Babar Bhatti, a local merchandise shop in Sialkot of Pakistan.
“Hussain also disclosed the names of his other three associates as Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayoom,“ the NIA said.
2016: The Nagrota attack
How terrorists entered the camp
The Times of India, December 12, 2016
Terrorists, who stormed the Army camp at Nagrota, used a silencer-fitted weapon to kill a sentry before gaining entry into the premises
Multiple security agencies have indicated that three attackers had infiltrated into India from across the international border at Hiranagar in Kathua district of Jammu region
Terrorists, who stormed the Army camp at Nagrota+ in Jammu region on November 29, used a silencer-fitted weapon to kill a sentry before gaining entry into the premises, a tactic adopted by the attackers for the first time in the troubled state.
After sneaking into the camp from the rear side, which had thick vegetation that provided natural cover of elephant grass, one of the terrorists fired at the sentry using a silencer-fitted weapon, official sources said.
As someone noticed the fall of the sentry, panic gripped the Army camp, which houses an artillery unit having presence of families of soldiers. Soon firing erupted.
The sources said night illuminators were fired to locate the terrorists who had by then entered an adjacent two-storey building where families of soldiers were staying.
Anticipating a hostage-like situation, the Army troops with the help of para-commandos rescued the women and children first before launching a final onslaught on the terrorists.
Drones were pressed into the service which helped the snipers eliminate the terrorists inside the camp, the sources said.
Seven Army personnel, including two officers, were killed in the attack+ by the three terrorists, who were also eliminated in the counteroffensive which lasted nearly four hours.
Seeking to joining the dots+ related to the attack, multiple security agencies have indicated that three attackers had infiltrated into India from across the international border at Hiranagar in Kathua district of Jammu region.
The security agencies had recovered an iCom wireless set near a tree in Hirnagar that matched the frequency of the sets carried by the militants, sources said.
Not ruling out the possibility of local assistance being provided to the terrorists, sources said they had possibly entered into India on the night of November 28-29 and travelled a distance of 78 km to the Army camp using a well-connected national highway before mounting the assault in the morning.
Pakistani attacks on India