The Morning Wrap: Ex RAW Chief Says Delhi 'Goofed Up' Kandahar In 1999; Punjab Now Has 'Cow Cess'

03/07/2015 8:56 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN: (FILES) In this picture taken 30 December 1999, Taliban Islamic militia commandos ride in the rear of a truck towards an aircraft of Indian Airlines hijacked by Islamic Kahsmiri militants which stands on the tarmac at Kandahar airport. An document reported to be from al-Qaeda released 05 February, has hailed the 1999 hijacking of the Indian Airlines aicraft as a 'successful operation' from which other guerrillas can learn lessons. The plane was hijacked after it left the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, en route to New Delhi on 24 December 1999, and later landed in the Afghan city of Kandahar. AFP PHOTO/ Saeed KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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