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    http://www.indian-express.com/ie/dai.../ifr06037.html

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    Freed Pakistani militant stirs rebels

    KARACHI, Pakistan -- One of three Kashmiri militants freed as part of a deal to end the hijacking of an Indian Airlines jetliner called on his followers Wednesday to destroy India and the United States.

    Maulana Masood Azhar gave a fiery speech to 10,000 Pakistani supporters who gathered in front of a central Karachi mosque."I have come here because this is my duty to tell you that Muslims should not rest in peace until we have destroyed America and India," Azhar said, vowing to liberate the Kashmir region from Indian rule.

    Although Pakistani officials earlier said the hijackers would be arrested if they stepped foot in their country, there was no effort to detain Azhar.

    All five hijackers have been identified

    The Indian government Thursday announced it had identified the five hijackers of IC 814, all of them Pakistanis.

    Indian Home Minister L K Advani, at a press conference in New Delhi, said the photographs of the five men who had commandeered the Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in Afghanistan had been shown to the hostages who had identified every single one of them.

    The five hijackers of IC 814 , all of them Pakistanis were were Ibrahim Akhtar (from Bhawalpur), Syed Akhtar Syed (Gulshaniqbal area, Karachi), Sumi Ahmed Qari (defence area, Karachi), Mistry Zahoor Ibrahim (Karachi) and Shaqir (Sakkar, Sindh).

    Authorities in India had arrested four activists of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen who had provided a support base for the hijackers. With their arrest, the government was in possession of irrefutable evidence and documents that revealed ''Pakistan's neck-deep involvement in the dirty game of hijacking.''

    The conspiracy to hijack the aircraft was hatched by the four headed by Abdul Latif from Bombay, two months back. The three others are Mohammed Rehan (Karachi), Mohammad Iqbal (Multan) and Yusuf Nepali (Nepal).

    Mr. Advani described it as a significant breakthrough in showing Pakistan's involvement in the incident. He said Latif, who had been to one of the Gulf nations and was trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan, took principal hijacker Ibrahim Akhtar from Bombay to Calcutta on November one. From there they went to New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and then to Kathmandu.

    Latif also accompanied another hijacker Shaqir to Nepal on December one via Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh.

    Indian police achieved the breakthrough when they intercepted a message to Latif from a Pakistani contact, directing him to get in touch with a television correspondent and give the information that if the hijackers' demand was not met they would blow up the plane.

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      #3
      This only shows that hawkish elements have taken over. You can see ISI style operations on your side of the border.

      Atlast there seems to be some realization that terrorism can be tackled only by counter-terrorism & not bureaucracy. So let the babus go in peace.

      Good-bye conventional war. Welcome to the world of terrorists.

      Is this what you wanted ?

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        #4
        mohabbat,

        What is your source of information? Any one can cook such story.

        FM

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          #5
          yup! maulana azhar talked of destroying US and India, see e.g. msnbc.

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            NEW DELHI, JANUARY 5: Despite mounting public criticism of the manner in which various Government agencies blundered through the hijacking crisis, the Vajpayee Government is not inclined to bring anyone to book.

            Why would they? Why would they prosecute their own RAW agents?

            In fact, indications are that another whitewash is on the cards, with senior
            official sources denying all charges of bungling. The sources countered speculation of changes in the top echelons of the bureaucracy by saying that there was no reason to axe anyone as no blunders were committed at any stage.


            Why axe people who had planned and staged a perfect drama for the world to see and portray Pakistan as the perfect terrorist state?

            ``Where were the lapses? Could we have stormed the plane at Amritsar and risked losing the lives of innocent passengers?'' the sources asked.
            DUH. you expected to do exactly that when the plane was in Pakistan, and then in Afghanistan. Why not when it was on your own turf, and hence, the easiest for you? It is clear India doesnt have confidence in its forces.

            Clearly, the Government hopes to ride the storm of criticism by playing the Pakistan card. The war of words with Islamabad has certainly helped to soften some of the public anger. Official sources said that Pakistan will continue to be the focus of attack in the next few weeks.
            What else is new?

            Government's current thinking is that punishing a few officials for the hijacking will only divert attention from the task at hand -- which is to try and isolate Pakistan.
            Its refreshing to see there is at least one newspaper in India that speaks some truth.

            Maulana Azhar, now in Pakistan, has said that the hijackers wore a face mask all the time they were with him, and did not reveal their identity to him. Perhaps they were afraid Maulana would see the tikkas on their foreheads.

            [This message has been edited by Akif (edited January 06, 2000).]

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              #7
              America and Britain have rejected Indian calls for declaring Pakistan a terrorist state as accorsing to them there was no evidence to link Pakistan to the hijacking, regardless of what the hysterical Indian media and its PM are saying. Can the Indian PM clarify as to what he means by appropriate time. In other words he is bull******* and wants the world to believe his lies.

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                #8
                I don't understand why he is he even asking for it. Why should US issue fatwas of all types and why should India depend on it? US took five days to condemn the hijacking and they are not going to take Maulana Azhar seriously till his followers show a demontration of his message of destroying US and India.

                In journalists in India, Finance minister Yashawant Sinha is object of jokes and Foreign minister Jaswant Singh is unqualified success. If u look at results, I would rate them other way round. Stocks and reserves are at all time high and national morale is at all time low.

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                  #9
                  Excuse me, Helloooo I thought India was claiming that they had solid proof that those Hijackers came from Karachi on a PIA plane. Now your Advani Sahib saying

                  "Mr. Advani described it as a significant breakthrough in showing Pakistan's involvement in
                  the incident. He said Latif, who had been to one of the Gulf nations and was trained in
                  Pakistan and Afghanistan, took principal hijacker Ibrahim Akhtar from Bombay to Calcutta
                  on November one. From there they went to New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and then to
                  Kathmandu. "


                  Now the Hijackers were taken from Bombay to Calcutta to Jalpaiguri and then to Kathmandu, what happened with PIA plane, I don't think PIA operates any flight from Jalpaiguri to Kathmandu. May be Advani Sahib knows better.


                  [This message has been edited by johnd (edited January 06, 2000).]

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                    #10
                    CNN : Suspected Hijackers and their photos released by CNN
                    http://www.cnn.com/2000/ASIANOW/sout....01/index.html
                    http://www.cnn.com/2000/ASIANOW/sout...link.athar.jpg http://www.cnn.com/2000/ASIANOW/sout.../link.qazi.jpg http://www.cnn.com/2000/ASIANOW/sout...tri.ibrahinjpg http://www.cnn.com/2000/ASIANOW/sout...hid.akhtar.jpg

                    Pictures of the hijackers and identified them as Ibrahim Athar from the Pakistani city of Bahawalpur,
                    Shahid Akhtar Sayed, Sunny Ahmed Qazi and Mistri Zahoor Ibrahim, all from Karachi, and Shaqir from Sukkur city.

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