Pakistan says Indian intelligence agent on hijacked plane

Pakistan says Indian intelligence agent on hijacked plane

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 27 Kyodo

Pakistan on Monday claimed that an Indian intelligence agent is on board a hijacked Indian Airlines plane that has been sitting at an airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan, since Saturday. Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Tariq Altaf said in a briefing that Islamabad has received “reliable information” that an Indian intelligence agent was on board the hijacked aircraft. Altaf reiterated an earlier assertion by Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar that the hijacking incident was being used by India to isolate Pakistan internationally. Asked whether the agent was a hijacker or a passenger, Altaf told reporters, “It will come out in due course.” Altaf said Pakistan was concerned with the increasing tension at Kandahar airport, adding he was curious that India has been the “least active” since the hijacking began Friday.

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