As the search for the missing Malasyain Boing 777 widens, some observers have suggested the plane might have flown to mountainous areas abutting Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan where Taliban militants are holed up.
However, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan denied these claims and said the missing plane had nothing to do with them. “It happened outside Afghanistan and you can see that even countries with very advanced equipment and facilities cannot figure out where it went,” he said. “So we also do not have any information as it is an external issue.”
While Pakistans home grown Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also denied its involvement in the missing plane episode. A TTP commander said that his group could only dream about such an operation. “We wish we had an opportunity to hijack such a plane,” he told Reuters by telephone from North Waziristan Agency.