HARARE, Zimbabwe — Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi told the leaders of India and Pakistan on Friday that his country was not responsible for the hijacking of a Pan American World Airways jumbo jet by Arab gunmen in Pakistan, officials said.
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq met separately with Kadafi in Harare, where the leaders of the 101-nation Nonaligned Movement are meeting.
Zia described the hijacking in Karachi as "international gangsterism."
Indian officials declined to say if Gandhi, who met Kadafi in a room at the conference center, had accused him of responsibility for the hijacking. Many of the passengers were Indians.
"But it certainly came up," said one Indian source, "and Kadafi denied he was responsible."
Gandhi condemned the hijacking, saying in a statement: "My heart goes out to the bereaved families in this terrible act of terrorism. They are the innocent victims of mindless violence and its consequences."