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In 1981, PK326 was on a routine domestic flight from Karachi, Pakistan when it was hijacked and diverted to Afghanistan. The 148 passengers were then held at gunpoint for 13 days in what turned into one of the longest hijackings in history. The hijackers claimed to be fighting for democracy and demanded the release of political prisoners. But when Pakistan’s Military dictator General Zia refused, the killing began.

Veteran journalist Owen Bennett-Jones investigates what happened inside the plane, who the hijackers were really working for, and digs deep into the political crisis in Pakistan that led to the hijacking.

This series contains some strong language and scenes that some listeners may find disturbing.

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  • Tracy
  • 06-06-21

Gripping

A really interesting read, great narration and really piqued my interest on other podcasts by Owen Bennett Jones and his research over the years. listened to the Hijack in a morning and then the Assassination. Sad how many of the hostages are still affected by their time on this plane. Not sure how I feel that one if the hijackers now wants asylum in Europe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-21

very well written and read

never heard about this hijacking before. it was excellently described and in lots of detail

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  • Sunflower
  • 29-05-21

fantastic investigative journalism

.. though on occasion repetitive the actual factual work up is solid
the human aspects highly moving..
and the overall work highly commendable!
- thank you

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  • Smudge01
  • 27-05-21

A Fascinating and Detailed Snapshot of History

This is an excellently researched, produced and captivatingly told story with a poignant ending.

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  • Zoe
  • 05-06-21

Very moving, shocking, thought-provoking

This explores how evil begets evil. So very sad on many levels. Extremely well told.

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  • Corsaire
  • 21-06-21

Utterly absorbing, full of surprises

I wouldn't have identified this as something for me, but my partner fancied listening to it on a long drive. It was a thrilling listen and we could hardly bear to interrupt it when our journey ended. The story of the hijack is central of course, but it is beautifully contextualised within the politics of the Middle East, and also considers the implications of a traumatic event for survivors over many years. The author is a clear and and absorbing narrator.

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  • Sana
  • 18-06-21

Meticulously researched and gripping

This is a thoroughly researched and gripping podcast. It’s absolutely amazing. This isn’t the first great podcast by Owen Bennett-Jones. I heard one on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and thought it was the best podcast I’d ever listened to. This is not very different in that respect because it’s amazing.

This is presented like a thriller as well. It’s delivered great and so much thought and research has gone into it.

I know I’ve already said it’s so well researched, but it is, it really is. And it makes it so good, worthwhile and genuine. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • Nickfilm
  • 18-06-21

An enthralling listen.

This reminds me of a very intelligent BBC documentary. What makes it reach a higher level is the insight gained into the hijackers and politics of the situation.

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  • Anthony OB
  • 11-06-21

Excellent podcast.

Many moments in history go almost unnoticed. This hijack is one of them. incredible story.

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  • Mrs Debbie Poole
  • 08-06-21

Eye-opening, informative and fascinating

Really well presented and informative podcast - obviously extremely well researched. Thoroughly enjoyed this listen and definitely recommend.