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IC-814 hijack: I don’t think L K Advani wanted release of militants, says Farooq Abdullah

The former J&K chief minister also spoke about the growing fundamentalism in almost all religions.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2015 1:47 pm
IC 814 hijack, IC 814 hijack 1999, NDA IC 814, L K Advani, Farooq Abdullah, A S Dulat, A S Dulat book, A S Dulat’s book Kashmir The Vajpayee Years, India latest news Farooq Abdullah made these remarks at the release of former R&AW chief A S Dulat’s book Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years.

Bringing back into focus NDA’s handling of the IC-814 hijack in 1999, former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said he believed that L K Advani was not in favour of releasing militants to secure the release of passengers onboard the hijacked plane.

“I don’t think Advani wanted the militants to be released. I could feel it in the vibration of his voice,” Abdullah said, recalling his telephone conversation with Advani at the time of the crisis.

Abdullah made these remarks at the release of former R&AW chief A S Dulat’s book “Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years”.

He added that though Advani agreed to go along with the decision to release the militants, “his heart was not into it”.
Asked about the lives of the passengers at stake, Abdullah said, “A nation cannot be built unless sacrifices are made. One cannot build India by being soft.”

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He added that the aircraft should not have been allowed to leave Amritsar.

On whether the government of the day goofed up in handling the situation, Dulat said: “If there was a goof-up, I was a part of it since I was a part of the crisis management group.”
The former R&AW chief also dismissed suggestions that money was paid as ransom to get the IC-814 passengers released.

“Not a rupee, not a dollar was paid as ransom” he said.

During the event, Abdullah also recalled an alleged incident where his son, Omar Abdullah was almost killed by the Army in the state. He claimed that while travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar highway once, Omar’s vehicle overtook an Army convoy after which the Armymen caught up with it, and the officer asked his men to “shoot” the occupants of the car.

The former J&K chief minister also spoke about the growing fundamentalism in almost all religions.

Releasing the book, Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari said that since times immemorial, imperatives of statecraft have necessitated resorting to intelligence operations and the use of intelligence agents.

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  1. R
    Jul 22, 2015 at 9:02 am
    Mr Abdulla, pls share your thoghts on Rubayiaa Sayeed's (daughter of present CM of J&K) abduction episod. If I recall correctly you were CM. Why you leaders proved India so soft by releasing all terorists in the exhange of release of Ribayiaa Sayeed? 180 odd Indian's life were not any less than One Rubayiaa Sayeed. That episod marked the revival of terrorism in Kashmir. So many jawans of Indian army would have lost their lives in capturing those draded terrorists and it took no time in releasing them and get Rubayiaa Sayeed freed. I am curious to know whats her contribution to the develpment of the state since then. But counless Indians and army jawans have lost their lives due to terrorism that revived in the valley since then. Can RAW chief of that time right a book on w Rubayiaa Syeed abduction and there after?
    1. C
      Jul 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm
      Why Rubia was not sacrificed ,that was the best chance for Mufti to show his firmness of governance.
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        Niladrinath Mohanty
        Jul 22, 2015 at 8:18 am
        I entirely agree with the statement of Farooq Abdullah that "a nation cannot be built unless sacrifices are made". One cannot build India by being soft". This should be understood by political leaders who are talking of development with human face.
        1. M
          m r
          Jul 22, 2015 at 6:22 am
          this guy farooq is by far the most untrustworthy guy in indian and kashmir politics . i do not believe a word of what he says. suffice however to say that all pol, int and security top br colluded to let it happen. only the army which was poised to intervene to at least prevent the aircraft from taking off was expressly forbidden to act and the senior officer poised at the air traffic control was hastily ordered out of the air field.
          1. Sanjay Bhattacharya
            Jul 22, 2015 at 7:42 am
            For Farooq Abdullah and Congress, militants are more important than lives of 120 innocent pengers. He talks about sacrifice. He would have surely sacrificed the lives of the pengers in lieu of 5 terrorists who would eventually get out of jail due to complication in our justice system. If Amar Abdullah was one of the hostages, he would probably understand what human lives mean.
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