Remember please, that 43 years since 1971 is a long time for OUR people to have suffered.
Does it not pain you immensely?
As it must, to those whose husband, son, father, uncle, these men are?
After the 1971 Indo-Pak War India had 3703 Pakistani Prisoners of War in the West (Punjab-Rajasthan-J & K) and 93007 in the East (Bangla Desh). In addition the Indian Army had occupied 9047 Sq Kilometers of Pak Territory in Punjab with 90 Villages Situated there. Pakistan had 2307 Indian POWs.
After the Shimla Conference of 28 Jun – 3 July 1972, whereas the Pak Territory was vacated by 7 Aug 1972, Pakistani Prisoners of War of the West repatriated on 1 Dec 1972 and of the East by 14 Nov 1974, The Indian Soldiers in West Pakistan were abandoned by the Indira Govt causing endless pain and suffering for their Families.
Our nation released your 97,000 soldiers who were taken into custody after their surrender in 1971. Couldn’t you be kind to release our remaining 54 soldiers. Is it not a jeopardize in mutual trust? Why should the defenders of the borders of their respective nations be imprisoned for no fault of them?
Ajmer Singh Randhawa stays in Delhi and has a number of his family members in UNIFORM. For long, he has been fighting for the cause, which is so very dear to us all.
Too bad that we, as a nation, are insensitive to our citizens in distress. Each time there is an outcry, there is silence or at best promises by the Government/ Establishment, all to set the ground for procrastination, in the adage that “Time is the Best Healer”. Yes, memory of BOTH, the people, AND sadly the media too, is poor.
If we as a mature nation returned the 97000 odd Pak PoWs after the 71 war, should we not have been careful to get ours back? Or we simply don’t care at all??????????
DON’T VOTE FOR THE UPA IN NEXT ELECTIONS. THEY FAILED TO LOOK AFTER INTERESTS OF SOLDIERS LANGUISHING IN ENEMY LAND
Does it indicate that the missing defense personnel do not even figure in the Govt list as replied in the RTI query. There is a mention of 212 Indian prisoner languishing in Pak jails having completed their terms but no reference of defense personnel. SOLDIERS LANGUISHING IN ENEMY LAND.
Ajmer Singh Randhawa