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Pak. had 'prior knowledge' of IA plane hijack
Nine days after the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane has ended, circumstantial evidence pointing to Pakistan's involvement in the episode continue to pour in.

Britain to deliver blunt message to Pakistan
Britain is to deliver a blunt message to Pakistan that its support for terrorism in Kashmir and the recent hijacking of the Indian Airlines aircraft are unacceptable. The British Foreign Office Minister, Mr. Peter Hain, told the BBC that the British Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Sir Charles Guthrie, was being sent to Islamabad next week to deliver `` the blunt message that the (Pakistan) coup was unacceptable and that Pakistani toleration and acceptance of cross-border terrorism in Kashmir or incidents such as the Indian aeroplane hijacking was totally unacceptable.''

Saeed Sheikh may face action in U.K.
Britain has indicated that Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a Pakistan-born British national and one of the three militants released by India in return for the hostages of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane, may be tried under the Indo- British Extradition Treaty or under the Anti-Terrorists Act, according to official sources.

 Jaswant questions U.S. reforms model
The External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today declared that the Vajpayee Government is irrevocably committed to fundamental economic reforms that improve the quality of life and reduce the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Internet revelation
The Internet revolution played a role in the drama surrounding the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814. A passenger with a laptop computer on board the plane managed to send a message to a Chinese website about the hijack.

Terrorism figures in Pak. talks with U.S.
Pakistani diplomats led by their ambassador to the United States, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi have met a team of U.S. officials headed by the Under Secretary of State, Mr. Thomas Pickering, for what sources described as a ``comprehensive review of bilateral relations.''

Three more held for links with hijackers
A travel agent and his two associates, who allegedly supplied fake passports to four ISI agents linked to the hijackers of the Indian Airlines aircraft, were arrested by the Crime Branch here on Saturday. Crime Branch sleuths swooped down upon their shop ``Seven Travels'' at Mumbai Central and nabbed them.

Pak. is being watched, says U.S. Congressman
The U.S. Congressman, Mr. Sam Gejdenson, ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations, has said that the U.S. would not be in all that hurry to consider India's demand that Pakistan be declared a `terrorist state.'

BJP, allies plan joint campaign in Bihar
The BJP has already begun preliminary discussions with the Samata Party and the Janata Dal(U) on seat- sharing and a strategy for the next month's Assembly elections in Bihar.


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