In the light of the new book published; MUSHARRAF, NAWAZ & HIJACKING FROM THE GROUND by the AminUllah Choudhry, DG Aviation; the man who was at the helm of the affairs of famous hijack case prior to the coup of 12 Oct 1999. He alleges General Musharraf for the hijack. An interview of the author was also telecast by Dunya TV- host Najam Sethi; editor The Daily Times on 21 April 2010.
Earlier on Nawaz Sharif was relieved of any such criminal charges of hijacking as PM what so ever in this case and his punishments as such remitted by the honorable court. He was awarded a clean slate by the court.
All this leaves the common man in the street in illusion that whether —General Pervez Musharraf and his military colleagues—they orchestrated this mellow drama in order to take over the country and come in power…. which they had and remained in charge of this land for long 8 years.
I think that General Pervez Musharraf will have to come forward with suitable reply to all these allegations. This leaves the ball in General Sahib’s court.
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MUSHARRAF, NAWAZ & HIJACKING FROM THE GROUND
The Bizarre Story of PK 805 by Aminullah Chaudry
Publication Date: 2010 Extent: 350 pages
Early the same afternoon, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had dismissed Musharraf, away on a visit to Sri Lanka, and replaced him with Gen Ziauddin. When the latter was not allowed to assume command by a section of the army, he turned to Nawaz Sharif for help. The Prime Minister then ordered Aminullah Chaudry to divert PK 805, the flight on which Musharraf was returning home, away from Karachi and preferably out of the country. As the Civil Aviation Ordinance permitted the Prime Minister to divert any commercial flight from its specified route, and the Director General to close down any airport, Aminullah denied the use of Karachi and its designed alternative Nawabshah to PK 805. When the pilot of PK 805 informed the tower that he was running short of fuel, he was cleared to land at Nawabshah. Before he could do this, the army stormed the control tower in Quaid-e-Azam International Airport and order PK 805 to return to Karachi. Despite this, Musharraf, now in the cockpit of PK 805, remained airborne for another thirty eight minutes until he was sure that the army had deposed Nawaz Sharif.
Although only a diversion was ordered, Nawaz Sharif and six others were charged with hijacking PK 805. Working under the shadow of Musharraf’s autocratic regime, the Courts convicted Nawaz Sharif. Amiullah Chaudry was also arrested, kept in solitary confinement, and forced to testify against Sharif.
Having witnessed farcical trial at first hand, Aminullah is one person who can give a firsthand account of a grossly flowed judicial process. He shows how the legal process was distorted and the fundamentals of Aviation Law disregarded
Aminullah Chaudry joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1967. In 1998, he appointed Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan and in early 1999, Secretary Aviation, and Government of Pakistan. He was serving in these positions at the time of the coup of 12 October 1999, which brought Chief of Army Staff Gen Pervez Musharraf into power.