New Delhi. Pakistan’s Sindh High Court freed terrorist Omar Sheikh who was involved in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. After this, once Omar Sheikh came into the limelight. Even before this, Saeed Sheikh has been in the news many times because former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf described him as a double agent in his autobiography. We tell you what is the whole story of Omar Sheikh.
Omar Sheikh’s full name is Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. Sheikh is a British terrorist of Pakistani origin. In 2002, Saeed Sheikh kidnapped Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and got him murdered. The same year, the court sentenced Omar to death in this case, but even after 16 years, Omar could not be hanged. He is still alive today. Now the Sindh High Court has freed Sheikh from the death penalty.
Was born in london
Omar, of Pakistan origin, was born to Saeed Shaikh, a textile trader in London. His father migrated from Pakistan to London 5 years before Omar was born. When he was studying in London’s Forest School, he had to face racist threats. Admission took place in London School of Economics but could not study there. He left the study after a few months.
He left the path of extremism only after quitting studies. In 1987, at the age of 13, his family returned to Lahore. At the age of 19, when he was a first-year student at the London School of Economics (LSE), he traveled to Bosnia to join the “Islamic Aid Group”, which acted against the persecution of Muslims by Serbian Christians. Used to do It is believed that his visit to Bosnia made him quite radical.
Was among the terrorists who were freed from jail
In 1999, Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked and taken to Kandahar. In lieu of leaving this aircraft, it was also named in the terrorists whom Pakistani terrorists demanded to be released. Later, in the attack of the World Trade Center in America in the attack of 11 September 2001, Omar Sheikh was also named in the attack. In his autobiography In the Line of Fire, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf also mentioned Omar as a double agent.
What was the Kandahar scandal
This is a very painful chapter of the Aviation History of India, which is known as Kandahar scandal. It is impossible to describe the pain of those who have seen it closely. On 24 December 1999, the Indian Airlines aircraft IC 814 was on a flight from Kathmandu to Tribhuvan International Airport in New Delhi, which was hijacked by the terrorists of Harkat-ul Mujahideen.
This news of the hijack gave the Indian government sleep. The crew also had a total of 15 crew members including 176 passengers. Everyone’s life was in danger. The aircraft was hijacked at a time when the whole world was getting ready to celebrate the coming of the new year. There was a similar atmosphere in India, but the news of the hijack turned all happiness.
The aircraft reached Kandahar via Amritsar, Lahore, Dubai
The terrorists hijacked the IC-814 aircraft at around 17.30 pm. After this the aircraft was first landed in Amritsar, then Lahore then Dubai and finally in Kandahar, Afghanistan. During this period, the terrorists left 27 of the 176 passengers in Dubai, but a passenger named Rupin Katyal was severely beaten to death with a knife while injuring several others.
The terrorists were demanding the release of their three dreaded comrades Masood Azhar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mustaq Ahmed Jarger. The then Government of India has also been questioned about the Kandahar scandal. In many places, it was even said that if the Indian government could get the right decision in time, then all its passengers could be released safely. India had to pay a huge price for it, which India is still paying as a terrorist release.
Former Raw Chief Revealed
Former Raw Chief AS Dulat, who took charge of this entire operation, has elaborated the Kandahar scandal in one of his books ‘Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years’. He has revealed many facts in his book. In this book, Dulat admitted that the Crisis Management Group (CMG) had made mistakes in its campaign to combat terrorists. He has written that neither the Central Government nor the Punjab Government could take any decision when the ship landed in Amritsar on 24 December 1999.
As a result, the CMG meeting continued for five hours and the plane flew from Amritsar and thus the country lost the opportunity to control the terrorists. Later everyone started accusing each other and they even said that Punjab Police Chief Sarabjit Singh, who was heading the operation during the presence of the ship in Amritsar, said that Delhi (Central Government) never told him that I.C. -814 is not allowed to fly.