New Delhi: A day after the dastardly attack at the Uri Army base, senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh, raged a controversy when he tried to politicise the attack by reminding the present government about Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar and 1999 hijack of Indian flight IC 814.

Digvijaya said, “We compromised to let Masood Azhar go after Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked in 1999.”

These comments from the Congress leader has come at a point when the entire nation is mourning the death of 17 army personnel after the deadly terror attack on Indian army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

However it remains to see how the Congress party will react to his comments.


Earlier last month, Digvijaya Singh had dragged himself into another controversy when he referred to Kashmir as “India-occupied Kashmir” while talking to reporters in the National Capital.

On December 24, 1999, the Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 en route from Nepal to New Delhi was hijacked. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, a Pakistan-based Islamic extremist group, was accused of the hijacking.

The motive for the hijacking appeared to secure the release of Islamist figures held in prison in India. The hostage crisis lasted for seven days and ended after India agreed to release three militants – Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Maulana Masood Azhar.