Hindu extremists attack PIA office in New Delhi

Published: January 14, 2016
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Pakistan International Airlines office at Barakhamba Road, New Delhi came under attack on Thursday, Express News reported.

Reports suggested the office of the national carrier was attacked by Hindu extremists.

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The PIA in an online statement said an angry mob, raising anti-Pakistan slogans attacked its office and damaged computers and property. Police was called at the site.

According to a spokesperson, the reservation system of the airline is not working as the mob had broken the computer and equipment inside the office.

However, PIA’s flight operation to India will not be affected by the incident and P-270 will operate as per schedule from Friday, a spokesperson said.

PIA has two town offices in India, the other one located in Mumbai. Besides reservations, the offices also house the operational setup, which ensures on-time departure and arrival of flights besides handling passenger issues.

Following the attack, the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi contacted the Indian government on the incident and asked for a probe.

“All PIA staff is safe,” a Pakistan High Commission spokesperson said, according to Express News. “Provision of security is the responsibility of the Indian government.”

In October last year, a meeting between Pakistan and India’s cricket boards officials was cancelled after Shiv Sena workers stormed the Mumbai office of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan and the head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi had arrived in India to hold talks with BCCI in a bid to finalise the India-Pakistan cricket series in December.

Moreover, in January 2015, Indian authorities had sent a closure notice to the New Delhi office of PIA in a move that could further strain the volatile relations between the two archrivals.

The purchase of PIA’s properties in New Delhi was unauthorised, India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) said in the notice and directed Pakistan’s national flag carrier to dispose of them.

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PIA did not obtain permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before purchasing the properties in New Delhi’s upscale central Connaught Place, says the ED, which is run by India’s finance ministry. Under India’s foreign exchange laws, foreign entities must obtain clearance from the RBI before buying any property in the country.

Pakistan demands security for PIA offices in New Delhi, Mumbai

Pakistan High Commission in India has asked Indian Ministry of External Affairs to provide the PIA offices in New Delhi and Mumbai with adequate security following the ransacking incident by Hindu extremists on Thursday.

According to a statement by the Foreign Office, the commission has been assured that the Indian government would take all the necessary steps for PIA offices’ security in the country.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Jan 14, 2016 - 3:34PM

    Now who is that? Same mindset who attacked Pathankot!Recommend

  • Neutral
    Jan 14, 2016 - 3:43PM

    That was very much expected. So india is going to investigate on same notes as pakistan?Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 14, 2016 - 3:47PM

    @Asad:
    Looks like anything goes on Barack Obama Road !Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 14, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Why is there a PIA office in India anyway?Recommend

  • Salman Hussain
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Reply of Phatankot??Recommend

  • AK
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:38PM

    As Indian & as Hindu I accept this is utter foolishness, these guys who has done this should be booked / prosecuted. These illiterate have no authority nor knowledge of the implications Recommend

  • Yes man
    Jan 14, 2016 - 4:54PM

    Some Hindu “extremists” attacked PIA office in India, killed 10 Pakistanis. also 7 Indian security officers were also killed. Latest local TV report says causality may be in hundreds and reports of grenade explosions . Terrorism in India mainly by Hindu terrorists is very common and a report compiled by Indian home ministry says that around 10,000 people are killed by Hindu terrorist in India.Recommend

  • Bal Thackrey
    Jan 14, 2016 - 5:47PM

    Incredible IndiaRecommend

  • NHA
    Jan 14, 2016 - 6:23PM

    This is utterly unfortunate. This will bring Pak Govt. under pressure domestically . And it ends the cordiality created so bravely by leadership of two countries for talks and resolution of disputes.

    As a large country, India now will have to go an extra mile to makes the talks possible and productuve. Earlier the talks are resumed the better to send a resolute message unless this done to really sabotage the move. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:05PM

    Indian government claiming that PIA did not follow proper procedures to acquire the property in New Delhi and asking PIA to dispose it is legal. But Bajrang Dal hooligans destroying PIA property is illegal and they should be punished promptly. While the public may have their protests, the government and law enforcement agencies should ensure that it is held peacefully and in a non-threatening way. Protests that include setting fire, burning flags and effigies, throwing stones, carrying weapons, and any such other activities should not be allowed and anyone doing so should be strongly dealt with. The local leaders of these parties should be arrested immediately and awarded proper punishments.Recommend

  • SB
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:11PM

    Delhi police has already arrested few of these “extremists”. This is how any normal security agency of any normal country works. By the way, the only difference is that these “extremists” were carrying only wooden sticks and not grenade launchers. Surprised? Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:25PM

    PIA operates no flights in and out of India. Why do they have an office here?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:34PM

    How do we know they are from Bajrang Dal? Did they have any banners or flags? Maybe they are just ordinary citizens.Recommend

  • Hilmi
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:39PM

    I don’t see any damage in the pics.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:44PM

    The Heading Says that 100 Pakistanis were KILLED,

    The hindu extremists are creating HavocRecommend

  • Amazed
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:45PM

    @Ali:
    What a question!! Recommend

  • Fawad
    Jan 14, 2016 - 7:56PM

    Hinduism is religion of piece, these guys has nothing to do with religion, they are political party. Why call them Hindu extremist, they are indian extremist at most.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 14, 2016 - 8:12PM

    @Asad:
    Maybe you should look up difference between vandalism and terrorism. On the positive side PIA might get more money from insurance than they make from flying their aircraftRecommend

  • Jamhoor
    Jan 14, 2016 - 8:43PM

    There will be fools, on both sides, who will try to derail the peace process between the two countries. I am sure it is not appreciated in India either as much as attacks on Pathankot base was not appreciated in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Saif
    Jan 14, 2016 - 9:42PM

    @Asad:
    so u want to say dmaging a couple of computers r equal to killing of people and attaking with bombs and machine gun is same as raising slogans …well only some nutcase can equate it with gun fights Recommend

  • Saif
    Jan 14, 2016 - 9:45PM

    @Tyggar:
    lol ..very true !Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 14, 2016 - 10:35PM

    Why is PIA office in india? No Indian flight goes to pakistan and only one flight comes from pakistan to india. It is used mostly by paki VIPS like mansha…Now a days only VIPS get visa. Government of India has already told Pakistan to move out of this place. Why is pakistan stubborn and holding this office.The rent alone will save PIA some of its losses.Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Jan 14, 2016 - 10:42PM

    @Rahul:
    Are you blind or your mind set doesn’t allow you to read the news properly.PIA flies in/out from delhi airport.Typical indian troll blinded by hate mindset against Pakistan.Just grow up.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 15, 2016 - 12:46AM

    HInduvtas after being frustrated at cowardice of their so called 56 inch chest leadership is doing another cowardly act. So much for modi’s bharaks. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 15, 2016 - 1:08AM

    I guess that mr Modi must be chairing the meeting with his military General and preparing to ask the Sharifs to investigate this attack as well when they send their promised investigating team to India in coming days.

    Rex Minor Recommend

  • Azi
    Jan 15, 2016 - 1:22AM

    I had said it for the longest time, India heading down the same dark pit of extremism as we did once. Fortunately we are almost out of it now. And to top it off, Indians here blame Pakistanis for this problem, which really strengthens their fall to the pit head first, I.e., denial that they have a problem. Either ways good for us.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Jan 15, 2016 - 1:40AM

    There are no flights operated by PIA in and out of India. Whats the need for their office here? They must be running a spy ring from there. All employees should be immediately detained and questioned thoroughly.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jan 15, 2016 - 4:21AM

    PIA has only one flight in whole week. No Indian flights to Pakistan. It is done on reciprocal basis. Indians have already told Pakistan to stop flight as it posses security risk at Delhi Airport. For one flight, Pakistan has purchased property in the middle of delhi. Delhi police has to deploy their staff to check who stays there 24/7. Delhi police is asking separate budgetary allocation. Look at the oddity that pakistan went to delhi high court and got stay oder to stay.Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2016 - 4:35AM

    I hope Indian government will try to give protection to PIA employees. Most of the time Indian government is saying to Pakistan to do more. Now it is time for Indian government to do more.Recommend

  • Sam
    Jan 15, 2016 - 8:19AM

    @Chacha Jee: so you are suggesting it’s okay to destroy someone’s property?Recommend

  • Sam
    Jan 15, 2016 - 8:20AM

    @Another Indian: It is folks like you who will never let peace prevail between these countries.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 15, 2016 - 9:46AM

    @Asad:
    ‘ Same mindset who attacked Pathankot!’ Yes, the same fanatic mindset but with slight difference. Unlike Pathankot, these Hindu extremists did not use grenades & did not enter neighboring countries. They dont achieve anything worthwhile except spoiling India’s image. They try to justify it as reaction to Pathankot & recent attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan.
    ET: This response was posted by me but not published. Such censorship prohibits understanding each other’s point of viewRecommend

  • Prada
    Jan 15, 2016 - 9:57AM

    Is this the best they can do? Hardly a fitting reply to Pathankot. All they have done is broken a glass pane and overturned a few chairs.Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 15, 2016 - 12:03PM

    Justified resistance.Recommend

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