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Pak’s propaganda under cloud
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 9
The credibility of Pakistan’s “no-evidence” propaganda has come under cloud as a classified government document conclusively proves that New Delhi has been sharing detailed evidences of Pakistan’s naked involvement in its proxy war against India since as far back as 1985.

Well-placed sources here disclosed to ‘The Tribune’ today that the Ministry of External Affairs had made as many as 10 “demarches” (political steps or initiatives) to Pakistan since 1985, giving evidence and material regarding activities of Pakistan-supported terrorists against India.

In the wake of March 12, 1993, serial bomb blasts in Bombay, the Ministry of External Affairs took a number of steps detailing to Pakistan the involvement of the accused. On March 23, 1993, Secretary (West) handed over to Pakistan High Commission giving passport particulars of the members of the Memon’s family, including the six who reached Karachi by a PIA flight (PK 214) from Dubai on March 17. Copies of the PIA flight manifest on which the names of these individuals appear was also handed over to Pakistan.

On September 15, 1993, a note verbale (NV no J/103/20/93) in which India handed over additional information about the involvement of the accused in the Bombay blast case was given. This included:

(i) Copy of the manifest of PIA flight no. PK-214 from Dubai to Karachi on March 20, 1993 showing the names of three other members of the Memon family who also arrived in Pakistan using the PIA flight from Dubai.

(ii) Details of the flights by which 20 persons recruited by Ibrahim Abdul Razak Memon for training in camps in Pakistan travelled to Pakistan.

(iii) Photographs relating to the Arges grenades used in the blasts that clearly showed the grenades were of Austrian design and were manufactured with machine tools and dies sold to a Pakistani firm by the Austrian firm. Several empty cartons of explosives were also recovered during searches conducted in Bombay which showed Lahore as their point of origin.

The government sent at least two notes verbale to Pakistan in the wake of hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814. The April 24, 2001 note verbal J/I/103/43/99-IV to the High Commission of Pakistan, India formally requested Pakistan to apprehend and extradite the hijackers who were identified and whose addresses in Pakistan were also mentioned.

Pakistan was reminded of its obligations under the Montreal, Hague and SAARC conventions as also the Simla and Lahore agreements. The note verbal included list of following documents:

(i) Red corner notices issued by Interpol requesting that the hijackers and their accomplices be arrested.

(ii) Copies of affidavits by the Captain of the aircraft and two passengers identifying the hijackers.

(iii) Attested photographs of the hijackers.

Pakistan has never acted on any of these formal requests made by the Government of India.Back


‘Enough evidence’ against hijackers

New Delhi, January 9
Central Bureau of Investigation Director P.C. Sharma today said India had enough evidence against the five hijackers of Indian Airlines aircraft, which was taken hostage soon after it took off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on December 24, 1999.

The five hijackers are believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Mr Sharma said investigation into the hijacking of IC-814 had been completed in a fairly good time. UNIBack


MPs to go on diplomatic offensive

New Delhi, January 9 
India has decided to send about 40 MPs belonging to various parties to about 12 countries as part of its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan on cross-border terrorism.

According to sources, senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh and CPM leader Somnath Chatterjee are among the MPs who will be visiting the countries. The MPs will be divided in four delegations to visit the USA the UK Malaysia, Indonesia and some west Asian countries among other countries.
Sources said Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had cleared the proposal which had been lying with him for quite some time. UNI

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