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Sunday, April 11, 2021

March 11, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Prisoners & Hostages

The three Pakistani gunmen holding over 100 passengers of a PIA plane hostage have scaled down their demands to seek the release of only 45 political prisoners.

By: Editorial |
March 11, 2021 3:10:17 am
Meanwhile, in what may be seen as a concession to the hijackers, Pakistan’s Defence Secretary Rahim Khan said that Pakistan was willing to plan a simultaneous release of prisoners and hostages.

The three Pakistani gunmen holding over 100 passengers of a PIA plane hostage have scaled down their demands to seek the release of only 45 political prisoners. Earlier, they had listed the names of 92 political prisoners who they wanted released. To that the Pakistani government had said that it would not be impossible to release those who had criminal charges against them, and a few others whom it could not locate. Meanwhile, in what may be seen as a concession to the hijackers, Pakistan’s Defence Secretary Rahim Khan said that Pakistan was willing to plan a simultaneous release of prisoners and hostages. It has agreed to release 15 of the original 92 prisoners listed by the hijackers.

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