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83 missing Indian PoWs in Pak custody: State Minister for External Affairs inform Lok Sabha


SUKIRTI MISHRA 11/07/2019 11:40 AM
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New Delhi. Minister of State for External Affairs, V. Muraleedharan shed light on the stats of the number of Indian Prisoners of War (PoW) taken into custody during Indo-Pak War of 1965 and 1971. Reports suggest that the data of PoW stands at 83. The reports of Indian Government mention that 54 soldiers and officers from the Indian armed forces are missing or have been killed during the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

Although Pakistan has continuously refused the existence of Indian PoWs, army veterans believe that their captivity in the Pakistan is the worst kept secret.

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In the 1971 war, Indian Army captured 90,000 Pakistani war prisoners, after the Pak army surrendered at Dhaka. The then Chief of the Indian Army Staff, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s effoert of ensuring Pak PoWs safety have been well documented. The war prisoners were kept in the war camps in different parts of India.

All the prisoners were released slowly at the Zero Point, Wagah, and the Line of Control (LoC) and received treatment in strict accordance with the Geneva Convention.

While India released Pakistani PoWs it failed to secure the release of its own 54 PoWs.

 

 

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