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March 10, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Trauma of hijacked

With Pakistan declaring its determination to not yield to any blackmail and the skyjackers of a PIA plane with 120 people overbroad threatening extreme measures, if their demands are not met, the eight-day old hijacking drama seems headed towards a grim conclusion.

By: Editorial |
March 10, 2021 3:30:44 am
PIA plane hijacked, Al-Zulfikar, Salamulllah Khan, Naseer Jamal release, Forty Years Ago, Indian express newsThe hijackers have set three new demands. Immediate release of the family members of Salamulllah Khan and Naseer Jamal, an end to the persecution of members of Al-Zulfikar, the group to which they belong, and release of all political prisoners belonging to the group.

With Pakistan declaring its determination to not yield to any blackmail and the skyjackers of a PIA plane with 120 people overbroad threatening extreme measures, if their demands are not met, the eight-day old hijacking drama seems headed towards a grim conclusion. The hijackers have set three new demands. Immediate release of the family members of Salamulllah Khan and Naseer Jamal, an end to the persecution of members of Al-Zulfikar, the group to which they belong, and release of all political prisoners belonging to the group. The only hopeful detail is that the hijackers have not set any deadline. Some passengers are seriously ill. The hijackers are reported to be armed with “two time bombs, hand grenades, machine guns and ammunition”.

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