ISLAMABAD: According to government sources, Mistry Zahoor Ibrahim, one of the hijackers of the IC-814 Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Delhi in 1999, was shot and killed in Pakistan’s Karachi. Unidentified gunmen shot the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist twice in the head at point-blank range in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony on March 1. He had been living under the false identity “Zahid Akhund” for many years.
Mistry was the proprietor of Crescent Furniture in Karachi’s Akhtar Colony. Rauf Asgar reportedly attended Akhund’s funeral procession in Karachi, according to reports. Rauf is the operational chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed and the brother of the terrorist organization’s founder, Masood Azhar.
Ibrahim’s death, according to reports, was a well-planned assassination. Inside his furniture godown, the attackers fired two bullets at his head. The hijacker of Indian Airlines Flight 814 was killed with a 30 bore pistol.
Two motorcycle-riding men were seen on CCTV doing a reconnaissance of the area. Both of their faces were hidden behind masks or helmets, with one wearing a helmet and the other a face mask. Following the sensational killing, police launched a manhunt to apprehend the perpetrators.
On December 24, 1999, five terrorists from Nepal hijacked an Indian Airlines IC-814 plane carrying 179 passengers and 11 crew members. The plane travelled to Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai before making a strategic stop in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which was under Taliban control at the time.
On December 31, 1999, the hijackers executed one passenger, Rupin Katyal, and negotiated the release of dreaded Islamist terrorists Masood Azhar Alvi, Syed Omar Sheikh, and Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar from Indian prisons on December 31, 1999, in exchange for the hostages. Rupin Katyal was stabbed and killed by Mistry, according to reports.