The Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister says that the device used to send the threatening emails to the New Zealand squad belonged to an Indian man named Om Prakash Mishra from Maharashtra.
He expressed these facts while addressing an important press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday (today). Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid was also present there who shared the details about stringent security measures in place for the visiting New Zealand squad.
Chaudhry said that an article was published in The Sunday Guardian two days later, on August 21, by the paper's burea chief Abhinandan Mishra, who wrote the same thing: that the New Zealand cricket team could get attacked in Pakistan.
“The article published in The Sunday Guardian centered around Ehsanullah Ehsan's post," he said. "Indian journalist Abhinandan Mishra has close relations with former Afghan vice-president Amrullah Saleh," he added.
He also revealed that five days later, on August 24, a threatening email was sent to New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill's wife, sent from an ID using the Tehreek-e-Labbaik alias. In the email, Fawad Chaudhry revealed that a death threat was issued to the New Zealand batsman.
He also disclosed that “The email said that Guptill will be killed while on tour in Pakistan," he said. "After we investigated the ID, it was found that it was created on August 24, 2021 at 01:05am while the email was sent at 11:59am on August 25," he disclosed.
He stated that the email was sent using ProtonMail, adding that those who knew about the service were aware that it is a secure email service. He stated that Pakistan had asked Interpol to assist it further in probing the email and the perpetrator behind it.
He also said that "A detailed program containing their protocols and security was issued by the interior ministry, which included the squad being accompanied by two helicopters,”.
He also said, “I would like to remind you that Pakistan and New Zealand's security agencies had investigated all these threats and had concluded that all these threats issued on August 19, 21 and 24 were fake,”.
He said, “This is a very strong link to India," .
He said PM Imran Khan had, despite being busy with official engagements in Dushanbe, phoned New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, requesting her not to abandon the tour at the last minute. He stated : “She, however, said they [New Zealand government] had received a 'critical threat' that their team would be attacked,".
Fawad chaudhary said that another email, after the tour was cancelled on September 17, was sent to New Zealand cricket team on September 17 at 11:25pm PST, from an ID generated under the name Hamza Afridi.
"Dear New Zealand Cricket, you did wrong to go to Pakistan and now see what will happen to you. Your cricket team is not going anywhere now. In every place, the bombs will be placed now, from the hotel to your flight. My men will not forgive you, they are coming New Zealand. Pakistan Zindabad, Allah hu Akbar," read the minister.
The Minister said, “This email ID was sent from India,” he said, pointing out that the IP address of the email generated was changed using a VPN to show Singapore as the location. He also revealed that the device used to send email was investigation and it emerged that it was operating 13 email IDs.