Pak continues to ignore India plea for IC-814 hijackers

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 17:52

New Delhi: Ten years after the hijacking of
Indian Airlines plane, Pakistan is yet to respond to formal
requests made by India for extradition of the five hijackers
and two of their accomplices.

The Pakistan authorities, with whom formal requests
were made in May 2000, has neither confirmed nor denied the
presence of five hijackers -- Ibrahim Athar, Sunny Ahmed Qazi,
Zahoor Ibrahim, Shahid Akhter Sayed and Shakir-- and two
accomplices Yusuf Azhar and Abdul Rauf -- in their country.
The extradition requests were made under the SAARC and
The Hague conventions under which Pakistan has the obligation
to honour them, CBI sources said today.

The sources said reminders were even being constantly
sent to Islamabad besides getting the Interpol involved to
ensure the execution of the Red Corner notice. But there seems
to be no progress on this front in that country.

While Athar is a resident of Bhawalpur, other four
hijackers and two accomplices are residents of the port city
of Karachi.

The two accomplices--Abdul Rauf and Yusuf Azhar--are
brother and brother-in-law respectively of Maulana Masood
Azhar, one of the three militants released in exchange for the
hostages on December 31, 1999, a week after the crisis began
on Christmas eve on December 24.
Azhar and Rauf played role of key conspirators behind the
hijacking of the plane from Kathmandu to Kandahar in Southern
Afghanistan on December 24, 1999.

An Interpol Red Corner notice has been against these
people.

The CBI on June 21, 2000 filed a chargesheet against 10
people in the hijacking case which included these seven and
three Indian nationals.

The three Indian nationals chargesheeted are Abdul Latif
alias Patel, Bhupalmar Damai alias Yusuf Nepali and Dilip
Kumar Bhujel have been sentenced to life imprisonment after
the court found their involvement in the criminal conspiracy
to execute the hijacking.

The main aim of the hijacking was to secure release of
Masood Azhar`s and his rescuers were a part of the same gang
of militants who tried to get him released by digging an
underground tunnel in the Kot Balwal prison in Jammu in June
1999.

The aircraft was hijacked on December 24 while flying in
the Indian air space under the control of air traffic control,
Varanasi.

A hijacking case was initially registered at the Indira
Gandhi international airport and later transferred to Raja
Sansi airport police station in Amritsar as the plane had
landed briefly there before flying to Lahore.

The case was sifted to CBI on January 11, 2000 and
during the course the agency examined 350 witnesses.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 17:52

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