Forty-one sick and injured Pakistani prisoners of war were repatriated form India in an International Red Cross Aircraft on Friday (29 September).
Forty-one sick and injured Pakistani prisoners of war were repatriated form India in an International Red Cross Aircraft on Friday (29 September). Another 42 were expected the next day, bringing the total so far released by the Indians to over 400.
Pakistan has returned 27 Indian POWs to date. The difference between the two figures reflects the balance at the end of the Indo-Pakistani War of December 1971. According to Indian figures issued in April, only 504 Indian prisoners were taken during the conflict. The most recent estimate of Pakistani prisoners of war held by India puts the figure at 91,634.
Repatriations up to now have consisted of sick and injured prisoners, and have been organised by the international Red Cross.
Pakistan claims that lists of POW's in India were still incomplete. The Pakistani Foreign Minister, meanwhile, has said that his Government has no knowledge of 369 Indian soldiers and officers whom the Indians claim were taken prisoner along the Western Front.
SYNOPSIS: Forty-one sick and injured prisoners of war repatriated from India in an International Red Cross Aircraft, flew into Islamabad from New Delhi on Friday. It was one of three flights scheduled over two days in which one hundred and forty-one Pakistani prisoners were returned to their homeland.
On their arrival at Islamabad the men - who have been held captive in India since the Indo-Pakistani War of last December - were given an official welcome. There are over ninety-thousand Pakistani prisoners of war still awaiting repatriation from India. This compares with a reported five-hundred Indian prisoners held by Pakistan.
So far exchanges have been slow. Only around four-hundred Pakistanis have been returned and less than three dozen Indians.
Meanwhile Pakistan has said that it was the responsibility of India to repatriate all Pakistani prisoners.