The second phases of the return home of thousands of Pakistani prisoners-of-war is under way.?
The second phases of the return home of thousands of Pakistani prisoners-of-war is under way. A further batch of 840 prisoners stepped across the boarder to freedom near Lahora on Sunday (October 14).
Under an agreement signed in New Delhi earlier this year 15,000 Pakistani prisoners out of 90,000 held by India are to be released by the end of October.
On Friday (October 12), Pakistan's Army Chief of Staff General Tikka Khan addressed a ceremonial gathering of repatriated prisoners-of-war from India and Bangladesh at Lahore Cantonment.
He told them the nation was proud of them and that after two months rest a special battalion would be formed out of the ranks of experience soldiers.
General Tikka promised the gathering that a cessation like that of Bangladesh would not be permitted in Baluchistan where, he said, some "power hungry mischief makers" were creating trouble.
The soldiers captured during the war of December 1971 have been held in Indian detention camps for 21-months.
Altogether 300,000 people, civilians and solders are to be repatriated between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.