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(2000) Pakistan Says Plane Hijack Sponsored by Indian Secret Service

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009

Pakistan Says Plane Hijack Sponsored by Indian Secret Service

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, December 30, 1999 (AFP): An aide to Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf Thursday blamed India’s secret service for sponsoring the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane now parked in southern

Javed Jabbar, Advisor to Musharraf on national affairs, said the hijacking was staged by India’s RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) secret service.

RAW sponsored and then “deliberately prolonged” the hijacking to “create and compound negative images and impressions about the freedom movement in Kashmir and about Pakistan,” Jabbar said in a statement.

Pakistan and India have fought two wars over Kashmir since 1947. The Indian zone has been rocked by an isurgency since 1989.

The hijackers holding some 155 hostages on the plane now at Kandahar airport in Afghanistan have demanded the release of a Muslim cleric and freedom fighters linked to Kashmir unrest.

The Airbus aircraft [Indian Airlines Flight IC-814] was hijacked a week ago [on Friday, December 24, 1999] when it entered Indian territory after taking off from Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jabbar said the aim of “systematic” media propaganda and diplomatic offensive by India was to seek United States’ support to “declare Pakistan a so-called rogue state or a terrorist state.”

“This propaganda policy wilfully suppresses news about the consistently, friendly, peaceful, constructive policies and actions of the Government of Pakistan, particularly during the hijack episode,” he said.

On Monday a Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman calimed that a RAW agent was on the hijacked Airbus aircraft.

Musharraf, speaking to CNN on Tuesday, said he was suspicious of India’s handling of the incident.

He said India’s motive could be to create a “hyseria of terrorism” in a bid to link Pakistan or Afghan Taliban with terrorism. “That is the suspicion that one gets.”

[Copyright 1999 AFP]
[INFORMATION TIMES: http://www.informationtimes.com ]


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