India ready to back claim on Pak. role
India is getting ready to present both direct
and circumstantial evidence to back its claims on Pakistan's
involvement in the hijacking of Flight IC-814, according to well-
placed sources in the Government.
Taliban disowns statement
In a sudden shift of tack, the Taliban today
denied that any of its functionaries had stated that the five
hijackers and three militants had left Kandahar for Quetta in
'Harkat behind hijack'
The Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a Pakistan-based
militant outfit, was responsible for the eight-day-long hijack of
Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 which ended in Kandahar on
Saturday, information exclusively made available to The Hindu
Leopard trapped in house
A leopard walked into an aged couple's house
in Faridabad early this morning, creating panic among residents.
It made itself comfortable in a bathtub for almost seven hours,
before it was captured by experts from the Delhi Zoo.
The release of two top militant leaders from the
Kotbhalwal sub-jail in Jammu and the Central Jail Srinagar, has
generated much debate with legal experts saying that no norms
were followed and that the exercise was ``illegal'', carried out
``under pressure'' and done in a hush-hush manner.
Clinton 'looking forward' to visit
The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, has
said he is looking forward to visiting India. ``We are going to
make it this time,'' he remarked in the course of a brief
conversation with the Congress(I) leader from Mumbai, Mr. Murli
Deora. Mr. Deora was among those invited to the White House for
the millennium celebrations that included a dinner.
Chandrika for U.S.
The Sri Lankan President, Ms. Chandrika
Kumaratunga, is likely to leave for the United States shortly for
further medical consultations and treatment for her right eye
which, according to medical opinion, could have suffered
permanent loss of sight when she survived an assassination
attempt by a suicide bomber on December 18.
Oil pipeline blown up
Militants of the United Liberation Front of
Assam (ULFA) blew up a portion of an ONGC pipeline near Disang
bridge in Assam's Sibsagar district last night, causing oil
spillage and fire.
Pak. shelling in Uri sector
Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked
artillery and mortar shelling from across the border in Karnah
and Uri sectors of Jammu and Kashmir last evening, targeting
civilians and security installations. Some of the shells landed
at Hajipir village but no one was injured.
Release of hostages is not the end of matter: U.S.
The Clinton administration has not said much
officially on the whereabouts of the hijackers of the Indian
Airlines flight 814; but is expected to be following the
situation very carefully. For the record the administration has
made it plain that while it is relieved that the sordid drama in
Kandahar had ended without further loss of life, the larger story
was far from over.
Why Zargar's release was sought
Including the former chief of Al Umar Mujahideen,
Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, in the list of militants whose release was
demanded by the hijackers of Indian Airlines flight is
significant in many ways. It was to give the hijacking a Kashmir
colour and internationalise the issue, says observers.