Zahoor Mistry alias Zahid Akhund, who was involved in the hijacking of IC-814 in 1999, was murdered last month in Karachi, Pakistan. Zahoor Mistry alias Zahid Akhund was one of the five kidnappers in the December 1999 Kandahar kidnapping. Mistry had been living in Karachi for many years under a false identity. He used to work as a furniture maker in Akhtar Colony, Karachi.
Indian Airlines plane IC-814 was hijacked by hijackers on 24 December 1999 from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The plane was supposed to take off from Kathmandu to Delhi, but was hijacked by hijackers in Kandahar, Afghanistan. At that time, Afghanistan was under Taliban rule. The aircraft also reached Amritsar, Lahore and Dubai before landing in Kandahar.
The hostage crisis that lasted for more than a week forced New Delhi to release terrorists such as Masood Azhar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar. One passenger was killed and at least 170 injured in what became known as the Cold War.