December 2002 News

Hashim Qureshi formally charged for 1971 hijack

26 December 2002
The Asian Age

Srinagar: Charges were framed in a local court against former JKLF leader Hashim Qureshi on Thursday for hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane to Pakistan and setting it ablaze in 1971. Qureshi, who surrendered to the Indian authorities last year after spending 20 years in a Pakistani jail and several European countries, was charged for hijacking the Fokker Friendship plane to Pakistan and kidnapping passengers, his defence counsel Syed Riyaz Khawar said after the hearing before Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz. Qureshi was also charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy with hanged JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat and under a section of the Enemy Ordinance Act. The court fixed December 31 for the hearing of the case. Mr Khawar said since Qureshi had already served a sentence in Pakistan for the hijacking, he would appeal against the charges.


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