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Pakistan News Service, December 28, 1999

RAW agent on board seized Airbus, says FO__Indian HC phone lines not disconnected : FP

ISLAMABAD - Foreign office spokesman Tariq Altaf Monday claimed that a RAW agent was aboard the hijacked Indian airlines now stranded at the Kandahar airport.

"A reliable source just informed us that "RAW agent was on aboard the aircraft you can make your own conclusions," said the foreign office spokesman at a news briefing here on Monday. The spokesman refused to give any detail about the disclosure, saying "the identity of the RAW agent would be made public in due course of time."

There is a considered opinion among the officials circles here that India has engineered the hijacking drama in order to defame Pakistan's new leadership, especially in the context of expected visit of President Clinton to South Asia, Tariq Altaf added.

"Now as Pakistan seems to have moved in the direction of signing the CTBT, the New Delhi is set about raising new "phantoms of terrorism" by the so-called Islamic fundamentalists in order to sabotage the possibility that Clinton might come to Pakistan as well," he maintained. Asked to comment on some of the information and statements attributed to the hijackers, the spokesman said "nobody knows who are the hijackers, their demands and identity are so far a mystery and no one can say anything with certainty."

Tariq Altaf said Pakistan had no sympathy with any desperate individual's act. "We condemn terrorism no matter what nationalities of the hijackers are." The spokesman said Indian government Monday had requested for an overfly of an airbus on its way to Kandahar which was immediately given. "So far, according to our information, the Indian plane has not yet left New Delhi."

On Sunday also, he said, the Indian authorities had sought permission for the overfly of an airbus with a capacity of 179 passengers. He said the Indian government had informed that the aircraft would enter into Pak territory at 1215 hours and exit at Zhob on its way to Kandahar. "Surprisingly no Indian aircraft went to Kandahar," he informed. On the other hand, he said, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee Sunday said that his country had not requested for overflying.

Tariq Altaf said Pakistan was deeply concerned over the increasing tense situation developing in Kandahar. He expressed full sympathy on behalf of government of Pakistan with the sad plight of the hostages of the plane.

"The government of India appears to be least active," he said, adding the Afghan government had publicly invited Indian government to send its delegation to resolve the crisis. The United Nations had sent its delegation to Kandahar but Indian government did not give it negotiating mandate, he regretted.

Responding to a question about the reports that Russia had called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on the issue, Tariq Altaf said," we hope the Security Council will call on India to immediately send a delegation to Kandahar and resolve crisis." The spokesman regretted that India has unleashed a vilification campaign against Pakistan instead of making efforts for the release of hostages. "They are trying to establish some sort of nexus between Pakistan, Afghan government and so-called Islamic fundamentalism." He said the hijacking of the plane seemed to be the part of Indian ploy to malign Pakistan. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Foreign office in a statement on Monday took a strong exception to the Indian Media's report that the telephone lines of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad have been cut by the authorities.

The Spokesman said, " malicious lie on the Indian media is that the telephone lines of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad have been cut by the authorities. This is completely false, indeed ridiculous. The lines are intact," he added. He said the latest twist to the Indian canard of Pakistan's involvement in the Indian Airlines plane's hijacking is the announcement by the Indian media of the names of four so-called Pakistani nationals.

"Curiously the Indian media which has regularly announced the number of the people of various
nationalities on board the aircraft has in the last four days never mentioned the presence of any Pakistani among them."

The Indian media is also alleging that the delay caused by the Pakistani authorities in granting over-flight permission to the Indian aircraft headed to Kandahar resulted in the cancellation of the flight.

This is a false allegation. A verbal Indian request for flight clearance was received on telephone at noon. The flight clearance was immediately granted. Subsequently, the Indians sent a written request as required by the rules including the necessary particulars two hours later to which a written permission was granted immediately", the statement added.

 

Pakistan News Service/Information Times, December 28, 1999

Is Indian RAW Agent S.B.S. Tomar Behind the Hijacking Drama?

Names of Passengers and Crew on Board Hijacked Indian Airlines Plane

By Syed Adeeb

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, December 28, 1999 (PNS): Pakistan Television (PTV) and Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tariq Alt af have disclosed that S.B.S. Tomar, an agent of India's infamous intelligence agency, Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), is also on board the hijacked Indian Airlines plane and he is guiding, directing and controlling the five or six hijackers.

PTV reported on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 that "According to sources, the RAW agent aboard the hijacked plane is S.B.S. Tomar who is holding the cover post of First Secretary in the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. According to information, this very RAW agent is controlling the entire operation from inside the plane."

"I have just now been told by a reliable source that an Indian RAW agent is on board the aircraft," Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman Tariq Altaf told reporters during a news briefing held on Monday, December 27, 1999 in Islamabad. Later, Tariq Altaf told journalists that the name of the Indian RAW spy is: "S.B.S. Tomar."

S.B.S. Tomar, the name of the Indian RAW agent, is definitely on the list of the names of passengers and crew on board hijacked Indian Airlines Flight No. IC-814, which was scheduled to fly from Kathmandu, Nepal to New Delhi, India.

Indian Airlines flight schedule from Kathmandu to New Delhi for Friday, December 24, 1999 was as follows: Flight No. IC 814 (Airbus 300) Departs Kathmandu at 1350, Arrives in New Delhi at 1510 - (Non-Stop Daily Flight - 7 Days a Week) - J-Class Fare = $170, Y-Class Fare = $142.

Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 was hijacked from Indian airspace on Friday, December 24, 1999 and taken to Lahore, Pakistan (permission to land not granted); Amritsar, India (First Stop); Lahore, Pakistan (Second Stop); Afghanistan (permission to land not granted); Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Third Stop); and Kandahar, Afghanistan (Fourth Stop), where Indian negotiators tried to cut a deal with the hijackers.

Indian Airlines official logo reads: "a perfect take-off". Following is the name list of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814, which includes 178 passengers, including five infants, and 11 crew members (For some reason, the name of Mr. S. Kumar appears twice in the Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 list of passengers and crew):

PASSENGERS
1. AGARWAL/A MR 2. AGGARWAL/A MRS 3.
AGGARWAL/G MR 4. AGGARWAL/S MR 5.
AHUJA/R MR 6. ARORA/H MR 7. ARORA/ MRS 8.
BAISLA/A MS 9. BAISLA/G MS 10. BAISLA/K MS
11. BAISLA/P MAS 12. BANSAL/P MRS 13.
BANSAL/SK MR 14. BARARA/S 15. BHAT/UB 16.
BHATT/J MR 17. BHATTACHARYA /A K MR 18.
BHATTACHARYA /S DR 19. BHOJWANI/B MR 20.
CALABRESIA 21. CHAPAGAIN/N P MR 22.
CHHABRA/CP MR 23. DAHALI/R D MR 24.
DAWAR/M MS 25. DHANASEKAR/S MR 26.
DHITAL/S MR 27. DOGRA/R MR 28. DUBEY/K
MAST 29. DUBEY/S MR 30. DUBEY/S MRS 31.
GANGAHAR/A MS 32. GANGAHAR/N MRS 33.
GARG/P 34. GARG/R MS 35. GARG/S MRS 36.
GHOSH/R K MR 37. GIORI/R MR 38. GOEPERT/D
MRS 39. GOEPERT/G MR 40. GOEL/D MR 41.
GOEL/S MRS 42. GROVER/A MR 43. GROVER/R
44. GROVER/V MRS 45. GUPTA/ASHOK 46.
GUPTA/ATUL 47. GUPTA/L N MR 48. GUPTA/A
MRS 49. GUPTA/S MRS 50. GUPTA/S MR 51.
GUPTA/H MRS 52. GUPTA/A MRS 53. GUPTA/V
MR 54. GURU/K MR 55. HISADA/C MS 56. JAIN/A
MR 57. JAIN/A MR 58. JAIN/A MS 59. JAIN/A MS 60.
JAIN/AP MR 61. JAIN/S MRS 62. JAMES/F MR 63.
JONSHAN/D MR 64. JOSHI/A DR 65. KACHROO/R
MR 66. KALRA/P 67. KALRA/S MRS 68. KALRA/
MR 69. KANNAN/K 70. KANNAN/RP MR 71.
KAPOOR/S MR 72. KAR/S MR 73. KATARIA/P MRS
74. KATARIA/R MR 75. KATHURIA/AA MR 76.
KATYAL/R MR (Killed by Hijackers) 77. KATYAL/R
MRS 78. KAUR/R MRS 79. KAUR/Y MS 80. KC/B
DR 81. KHANDELWALA/ MR 82. KHARWADKAR/
83. KHURANA/A 84. KOUL/K MAST 85. KOUL/U
MRS 86. KULASEKAR/R 87. KUMAR/A MR 88.
KUMAR/A MRS 89. KUMAR/D MR 90. KUMAR/R MR
91. KUMAR/RAVI MR 92. KUMAR/S MR 93.
KUMAR/S MR 94. LLORET/A MRS 95.
MACHEREL/G MRS 96. MACKLIAN/S MS 97.
MAHESH/N MR 98. MAHESH/N MS 99.
MAHESHWARI/H MS 100. MAHESHWARI/M MAST
101. MAHESHWARI/ MR 102. MAHESHWARI/ MRS
+ INF 103. MASOCH/M MR 104. MAYORAL/J MR
105. MEENU/K MRS 106. MENON/V MR 107.
MENON/ MRS 108. MISTRI/ZI MR 109. MORE/V R
MS 110. MORENO V V MS 111. MUSTAQ AHMED/
MR 112. NAITHANI/A MR 113. NAIDHANI/A MRS
114. NAIDHANI/B MR 115. NAIDHANI/K MS 116.
NAIDHANI/R MR 117. NAIDHANI/S MRS 118.
NEENA/ MRS + INF 119. PARTHASARATHI/R MR
120. PATHAK/R MS 121. PERUMAL/B MR 122.
PRASADBABU/G MR 123. QAZI/SA 124.
RAGHAV/R CAPT 125. RAGHAV/S MS 126.
RODRIGUEZ/FC MRS 127. SAHANI/S MR 128.
SAYYED/SA MR 129. SETHI/A MR 130. SETHI/S
MR 131. SHARMA 132. SHARMA/AA MR 133.
SHARMA/A MR 134. SHARMA/KK MRS 135.
SHARMA/K MS 136. SHARMA/M MR 137.
SHARMA/RK MR 138. SHARMA/S MR 139.
SHARMA/S MAST 140. SHARMA/S MAST 141.
SHARMA/S MRS 142. SHARMA/V MR 143.
SHRESTHA/H MRS 144. SHRESTHA/JL MR 145.
SHRESTHA/S MRS 146. SINGH/D MR 147.
SINGH/IQBAL MR 148. SINGH/R MRS 149.
SINGH/RP MR 150. SINGH/S MR 151. SINGH/V MR
152. SINGH/V MR 153. SINGOTIA/S MRS 154.
SINGOTIA/S MR 155. SONI/D K MR 156.
SWARUP/A MR 157. TAMRAKAR/G MR 158.
TANDON/BK MR 159. TANEJA/I MR 160.
TAYAL/RK MR 161. TOLIA/M MRS 162.
TOMAR/SBS MR 163. TULASI/M MR 164.
TYAGI/CM MR 165. TYAGI/G MR 166. TYAGI/P
MRS + INF 167. VERMA/I MRS + INF 168. VERMA/
MRS 169. VERMA/RG MR 170. VERMA/S 171.
VOHRA/R MR 172. VOHRA/ MRS + INF 173.
VOUGLA F MRS 174. WARD/P MR

CREW
1. SHARAN D CAPT 2. RAJINDER CAPT 3. JAGGIA
FLIGHT ENGR

CABIN CREW
4. SHARMA ANIL F/P 5. SATISH F/P 6. RAJANI A/H
7. SABITA A/H 8. MUKHERJEE A/H 9. DEBNATH
A/H 10. MAZUMDAR A/H 11. MENON A/H

Names of Passengers Released by Hijackers of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
1. Dr. B. K. TANDON 2. Mr. R. P. SINGH 3. Ms.
SHAKTI VOHRA 4. ADITYA VOHRA (Infant) 5. Ms.
INDU VERMA 6. SHAURYA VERMA (Child) 7. URVI
VERMA (Infant) 8. Ms. USHA KAUL 9. KARAN KAUL
(Child) 10. Ms. NEENA KUMARI 11. SIMRANJEET
KAUR (Child) 12. Ms. BHAVNA DUBEY 13.
SAMAKSH (Child) 14. KSHITIJ (Child) 15. Ms.
SEEMA JAIN 16. ARUSHI (Child) 17. AAKANSHA
(Child) 18. Ms. GEETA BAISLA 19. PRASHANT
BAISLA 20. KRITI BAISLA 21. AAKANKSHA BAISLA
22. Mr. SATNAM SINGH 23. Ms. PUJA TYAGI 24.
VISHAL TYAGI (Infant) 25. Ms. NAMRATA
GANGAHAR 26. Ms. KASTURI 27. ASHI
GANGAHAR (Child) 28. ANIL KHURANA (Released
by the hijackers in Kandahar, Afghanistan)

"One dead body identified as Mr. Rupin Katyal has also been handed over," the Indian Airlines says.

Source: INDIAN AIRLINES

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