Highly placed police sources told Outlook that Afroz also made "certain sensitive revelations about the connections between Al Qaeda and various terrorist organisations in Kashmir". Says city police commissioner M.N. Singh: "Al Qaeda is an umbrella organisation with many terrorist outfits under it. So, while it may appear that Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Toiba are responsible for the attack on Parliament, it may have been at Al Qaeda's instance."
The most direct piece of information linking Al Qaeda to Pakistan-based terrorist groups in the Valley is Afroz's statement that he trained at the same pilot school in Melbourne which was attended by two terrorists involved in the Indian Airlines IC-814 hijacking in 1999. Indeed, Afroz identified the two hijackers, Shahid Akhtar and Zahoor Mistry, and was even familiar with their nicknames. The hijacking had culminated in the release of three Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists, including Maulana Masood Azhar who went on to form the Jaish-e-Mohammad.