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The truth behind the Kandhar Hijack

The truth behind the Kandhar Hijack

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  • 1. The Truth behind Kandahar The lies propagated by Congress
  • 2. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, when questioned about UPA’s dismal performance to tackle terror, raised the Kandahar episode in his defence “I am not a weak Prime Minister. We sent commandos to fight terrorists in Mumbai, unlike the BJP, which sent its External Affair Minister to surrender at Kandahar.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his interaction with members of the Women’s Press Corps, at Taj Palace in New Delhi (10 April, 2009)
  • 3. The chain of events started unfolding on December 24, 1999 when Indian Airline flight IC 814 was hijacked on its way to New Delhi from Kathmandu 24 Dec – – – – – – – – IC-814 takes off for New Delhi from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu 178 passengers and 11 crew on board Half an hour later, five men announce they have hijacked the plane Flight redirected to Lahore but permission to land refused Fuel is running low. Turns back towards Amritsar and lands there The hijackers start stabbing selected male passengers. Leaves Amritsar with little fuel Pakistan allows landing after New Delhi makes a request. Plane is refueled Takes off for Oman. Permission to land in Muscat refused. Heads for Dubai
  • 4. The horrific episode finally ended with the intervention of Indian Government securing the release of all the hostages 25 Dec – – Lands at a military air base in Dubai Hijackers release 27 passengers, leaves for Kabul. Destination changed to Kandahar 26 Dec – – Lands at Kandahar. Hijackers make first demand: Release Maulana Masood Azhar Afghanistan says it will not allow any military operation to rescue hostage 27 Dec – – – Hijackers threaten to kill hostages if their demand is not met. Indian diplomat makes radio contact with hijackers. Indian officials arrive in Kandahar. First direct talks with the hijackers begin 28 Dec – – – Talks continue. Taliban warns that troops will storm plane if hostages are harmed Hijackers reject appeal for release of children and mothers on plane In addition to Azhar's release, they now demand 35 other militants, the body of a slain militant, and a sum of $200 million. – – India begins fourth round of negotiation. Hijackers drop demand for money and return of slain militant's body. – "Intense round" of direct talks nearly breaks down completely. Additional Taliban troops surround plane. But talks are resumed later. Another sick hostage is released. He returns to plane after treatment. External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh says talks are "extremely delicately poised.“ 29 Dec 30 Dec 31 Dec – – – – – – Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh announces decision to fly to Kandahar India agrees to release three militants for the hostages. Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Abdul Aziz Dar and Ahmed Omar Syed Sheikh Singh flies with the three to Kandahar. Hostages are freed
  • 5. Bringing up Kandahar to hide the shame of Mumbai 26/11 is a blatant attempt by Congress to hide its govt.’s complete failure to deal with terror Home ground Hostile ground: Taliban controlled and Pakistan-supported Afghanistan Prior Intelligence reports of terrorist entering via sea ignored by PM, Defence Minister and NSA. Surprise hijack in foreign territory of Nepal Nearly 200 civilians dead One civilian casualty Huge outcry in public against government's inefficiency Public sentiment in favor of unpleasant decision taken by Govt. in extra-ordinary circumstances If the UPA Government was not at fault, why were the Union Home Minister and the Maharshtra Chief Minister sacked after the incident??
  • 6. In Kandahar, the Indian Government was faced with a lack of options as it figured out the strategy to secure the release of the hostages Military option – Send commandos to Kandahar – – – – – The plane was stranded on a hostile territory surrounded by Taliban army No diplomatic relationship with Taliban Taliban refused to allow and military operation on its soil Indian commandos could not have acted without Taliban’s cooperation Pakistan refused usage of its air-space Non-military option – Prolong negotiations to wear out hijackers – – – – – Several rounds of negotiations had failed Hijackers had already killed one hostage; threatened many more Time was running out; Huge outcry among media and relatives Intense pressure on government to save lives of the hostage at all costs Condition of hostages worsening with passing time
  • 7. The Opposition, which accuses BJP for being soft on terrorists during Kandahar, was itself putting pressure to secure the safety of hostages The then Opposition, including the Congress, asked the government to save lives of hostage as priority during the All-party meeting “The all-party meeting has left the final decision on what needed to be done on the government. .. However, they cautioned the government that whatever decision it takes must be taken keeping in mind the interests and safety of the passengers who were on board the star-crossed aircraft. “ - Rediff.com, 27 December, 1999 Current Home Minister P. Chidambaram himself endorsed the decision “I do not know how I would have reacted if 150 families came to my doorstep and pleaded that the lives of their loved ones in that aircraft must be saved. It is easy to criticize but if one is in that position, it is a very difficult decision.” "It (No negotiation with terrorists) is a wholesome principle but I agree that it is an oversimplification....I am not sure. I don't know whether it can be applied in all situations" - P Chidambaram at NDTV Awards Function on 21tst January, 2009
  • 8. Earlier governments have shown no hesitation to release terrorists when faced with less demanding situations RUBAIYA’S ABDUCTION (Aug 1991) 8 militants released Rubaiya, daughter of Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, was kidnapped by militants SETTLEMENT: Six days later, 8 separatists including Pakistan-trained Sher Khan, Noor Mohammed Kalwal, Altaf Ahmad and Javed Ahmed Jargar were released DECISION MAKER: V.P. Singh PARTY: JANATA DAL HAZRATBAL SEIGE (Sep-Oct 1993) 40 militants given safe passage 40 armed JKLF militants occupied the holy Hazratbal shrine and held nearly 170 civilians hostage for six weeks SETTLEMENT: Militants given safe passage on the understanding that they will give themselves up to the local police and not the army, and their bail applications will not be contested. In six months all were freed and escaped. DECISION MAKER: PM P.V. Narasimha Rao PARTY: CONGRESS
  • 9. The PM spoke irresponsibly in ridiculing BJP for saving the lives of its citizens in the Kandahar hijack “I am not a weak Prime Minister” “We sent commandos to fight terrorists in Mumbai” “The BJP sent its External Affair Minister to surrender at Kandahar” - Takes all his orders from 10 Janpath PM in power but not in authority Constantly threatened by allies during tenure Has never won an election Shies away from contesting elections even after 5 years as PM - The commandos reached 9 hours after the attack PM, Defence Minister had received intelligence reports about terrorists entering India from sea Home minister was nowhere to be seen Maharashtra Home Minister trivializes the incident Media allowed to play in the hands of terrorists Nearly 200 lives lost - - Taliban could not have been trusted to make a fair deal Jaswant Singh’s was an act of courage to save the lives of India’s citizens Negotiations succeeded in bringing down the demand from 36 terrorists to 3 All remaining hostages safely brought back alive
  • 10. Congress-led UPA government has left many questions unanswered regarding its casual attitude towards the security of the country Why did it oppose POTA? Why is it soft on Bangladeshi infiltration? • Vajpayee Govt. introduced POTA to fight against terror which was vehemently opposed by Congress • Bangladeshi infiltration has been called an ‘external aggression’ by Supreme Court • Congress removed POTA in 2004, when it came to power. • Congress opposed the law that could have been effective in deporting infiltrators • Most countries including USA have tough anti-terror laws like POTA Why was there no commission set up after 26/11? What has it done to prevent the unprecedented terror attacks in the last 5 years? • Government has still not come out with a neutral report on 26/11 • More than 67 bomb-blasts in the last 5 years • Public sentiments have been completely ignored • No tough laws to prevent terror in the name of vote-bank politics