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Forty Years Ago, March 4, 1981: Pak Plane Hijacking

A Pakistani International Airlines official in Kabul said that the negotiators had arrived and already contacted the two or more hijackers who commandeered the Boeing to the Afghan capital.

By: Editorial |
March 4, 2021 3:53:17 am
Forty Years Ago, March 4, 1981: Pak Plane HijackingThis was the front page of The Indian Express, forty years ago.

Pakistani negotiators began talks today with hijackers who forced a domestic airliner with 148 people aboard to land in Afghanistan and threatened to blow the plane up if their demands for freeing political prisoners are not met. A Pakistani International Airlines official in Kabul said that the negotiators had arrived and already contacted the two or more hijackers who commandeered the Boeing to the Afghan capital. “All the passengers are safe”, the airline officials said. “They are on board. The negotiators have arrived, and they are talking to the hijackers”. According to Radio Kabul, one of the hijackers has asked the Kabul authorities to seek permission from the Iranian government to land the plane in Tehran airport, and Iran’s reply is being awaited.

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