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Pathankot Attack: NIA files chargesheet against Pakistan-based Militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s Chief Maulana Masood Azhar

The terror attack on Pathankot Air force base camp on January 2 left seven soldiers dead after four militants managed to enter the camp

Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad's chief Maulana Masood Azhar. Twitter

New Delhi, December 19, 2016: The NIA on Monday filed charges against Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief Maulana Masood Azhar and three others for plotting and executing the January 2 terror attack at an air force base in Pathankot.

Others named in the chargesheet include, Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, Shahid Latif and Kashif Jan, the National Investigation Agency said in an official statement here.

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The chargesheet submitted in a special court of the agency in Panchkula, Punjab, said that Red Corner Notice has been issued by the Interpol against Azhar, Asghar and Latif, while a Red Corner Notice against Kashif Jan was in process.

The submission also named four attackers – Nasir Hussain, Hafiz Abu Bakar, Umar Farooq and Abdul Qayum – all residents of Pakistan.

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“Prosecution against these attackers was recommended to be abated since they are dead,” the statement said.

The JeM chief and others have been accused in the chargesheet of setting up terrorist camps in Pakistan and Pakistani part of Kashmir, to carry out terror attacks on India.

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“During the training, these terrorists were made to undergo extensive motivational, physical, military and tactical training regimen, to radicalise them and to prepare them for Jihad,” it said.

The terror attack on Pathankot Air force base camp on January 2 left seven soldiers dead after four militants managed to enter the camp. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?