The preliminary probe into the Pulwama attack by the security agencies have revealed a direct involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad and its Khyber Pakhtunkwa-based commander Nusr Maulvi Watah Quahish.
Sources said Quahish had been instructing Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the JeM commander suspected to be hiding in Jammu & Kashmir. He trained and instructed the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar alias Waqas Commando who rammed an SUV into a bus of the CRPF convoy on Thursday killing at least 40 paramilitary personnel.
Interestingly, the mastermind of the suicide squad hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the home State of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who has a working relationship with Lashkar-e-Tayyeba chief Hafiz Sayeed and has even allowed his deputy Abdul Rahman Makki access in the universities and schools to radicalise the young minds.
This Jaish module used to communicate with each other through Y SMS app, a tool that connects a smart phone to a VHF set and interception by Intelligence agencies is virtually impossible. The Y SMS app is an in-house app suspected to have been developed by the JeM or its cohorts.
“The findings with respect to Quahish, a Pakistan-based Jaish commander, along with other inputs will be used for preparing a dossier for isolating Pakistan internationally,” an official in the security establishment said.
Abdul Rashid is an IED expert trained by Quahish and is said to have been battle-hardened by conducting attacks against NATO forces in the tribal Pakistani provinve. Rashid was the handler of Waqas Commando and trained him to execute the suicide bombing on February 14. Waqas Commando had rammed an SUV into a bus of a CRPF convoy on Thursday killing at least 40 men and inflicting injuries to nine others. Quahish and Ghazi are suspected to have operational links with Taliban, another terror group essentially active in Afghanistan but controlled by Pakistan’s covert agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
The latest terror tactic displayed by the Pakistan-backed JeM assumes significance in the backdrop of peace talks in Afghanistan led by the US, a move that has given a major handle to Islamabad to the peril of Indian interests in Kabul where New Delhi has made significant investments for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Sources in the security agencies said Ghazi is on the radar of the Forces and is likely to be eliminated soon.