AZHAR’S Release from Indian Jail: BJP Says Congress & NC Were Part of the Decision

UNION  Minister Jitendra Singh has  said the Congress and NC for blaming the BJP for the Jaish founder  Masood Azhar’s release in 1999  when  the  Government  was  headed by  Atal Bihari Vajpayee  recalling  that the two parties “were part of the decision and will face difficulty if they go into the past”. Jaish-e-Mohamed based in Pakistan is responsible for dastardly killing of 44 CRPF personnel in South Kashmir’s Pulwama. Indian Airlines Flight IC 814, an Airbus A300 with 100 passengers, was high jacked on December 24, 1999 while it was coming from   Kathmandu to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and flown to several locations before landing in Kandahar in Afghanistan then under control of Taliban. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen was accused of the hijacking with the support and active assistance from ISI .The aircraft was hijacked by gunmen shortly after it entered Indian airspace at about 17:30 IST. Hijackers ordered the aircraft to be flown to several locations. After touching down in Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai, the hijackers finally forced the aircraft to land in Kandahar. The Minister elected from Jammu & Kashmir   said AICC President   Rahul Gandhi and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah are suffering from selective amnesia of history.”Rahul Gandhi is a victim of selective learning of history, while Farooq Abdullah is a victim of selective recall of history,” he told reporters at Jammu while  responding to a question on the two leaders’ recent statements blaming the BJP for the release for the exchange  of the passengers of the hijacked Indian airlines. When the Kandahar incident happened there was a demand from the entire country for securing the release of the hostages and the then Vajpayee government held talks with all opposition parties and moved ahead after getting their consent,” Singh said.”Among the opposition leaders, the first meeting took place with Sonia Gandhi. That means she was then equally responsible. Refuting  the  allegation made by  Former  J & K Chief Minister  Omar Abdullah, The  Minister  for The  Prime Minister’s  Office ( PMO)  said  Abdullah’s statement that the terrorists were released despite his opposition is concerned, Singh said he has forgotten that his party (NC) was part of the then NDA. And therefore was equally responsible for the decision of the then government.”Handling the hijacking incident was the responsibility of the Ministry of External Affairs and Abdullah’s son (Omar Abdullah) was then working as the minister of state in the External Affairs Ministry,” Singh said.”He (Omar) had no regret, leave aside resigning under the protest over the decision,” he said. Singh said the BJP can go back into the history since 1947.”Let us start from 1947, the first mistake was done by his (Rahul Gandhi’s) great grandfather (Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru) when he forced Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul’s grandmother Indira Gandhi committed the second mistake when she picked up Sheikh Abdullah from isolation and installed him as the J&K chief minister. Another mistake was done when she engineered a coup to pull down the Farooq Abdullah government and paved the way for Gul Shah (G M Shah) to become the chief minister,” he added.”The fourth mistake was the 1987 state elections which were rigged by Abdullah paving the way for terrorism to take roots in the State and his behind support and encouragement to Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).One of the JKLF   leaders is Yaseen Malik, Singh added.

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