Official sources said that the terrorists made four calls to Pakistan from Pathankot between 12.30 am and 2 am Saturday that were intercepted by security agencies.
While three of these calls were made to their handlers in Pakistan, a fourth call was made by one of the terrorists to his mother in Pakistan informing her that he was on a suicide mission. The conversations took place in Punjabi and Multani, sources said.
A mobile phone belonging to SP Salwinder Singh, that was taken by the terrorists when they hijacked his car, was used for these calls, sources said.
Sources also disclosed that the handlers of the terrorists even placed a call from a Pakistan number and arranged a taxi for them. The terrorists had initially used a Toyota Innova Friday, and preliminary investigations have revealed that its driver was called from a Pakistan number.
The driver was told to reach a location near Pathankot where the terrorists boarded the vehicle.The Innova was used for travelling on an untarred road and dumped after its rim got damaged. The terrorist then hijacked the Mahindra XUV 500 in which in which the SP was travelling with a friend and a cook. They snatched a mobile phone from them that was used to place a call to the Pakistan number.