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Summary

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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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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very well written and read

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

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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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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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Outstanding Series

Really compelling story brilliantly told. This was basically a tragedy from every perspective, and the real beauty of the series as presented in the Audible production is that the story tries to give at least a hint of all those perspectives. So we hear from victims, participants, and those whose lives were touched by the hijack some 40 years later. Highly recommended.

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Terrifying story

Very emotional and heartbreaking story. Not for everyone. I feel sorry for all the people involved

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no episode 8

episode 8 is missing, so a bit of a let down unfortunately. but good content

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Very moving, shocking, thought-provoking

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

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Fantasticly engaging and informative podcast

After listening one, could not stop! A fascinating deep dive into Pakistani politics and the hijacking. Very moving and very well researched.

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I had never heard of this hijacking but the podcast pulled me in and gives a great rounded account from many points of view. Grade A journalism and entertainment.