Pak continues to ignore India plea for IC-814 hijackers
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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.


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

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