• Short Summary

    The first batch of Bengalis who were stranded in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war were repatriated to Bangladesh on Wednesday 11 July.

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    The first batch of Bengalis who were stranded in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war were repatriated to Bangladesh on Wednesday 11 July.

    A jet of Afghan National Airlines chartered by the United Nations picked up 127 Bengalis at Karachi Airport. They were among the first bath of 464 Bengalis to be repatriated.

    President Bhutto of Pakistan has announced he will repatriate 15,000 Bengalis to Bangladesh as a gesture of goodwill. The international committee of the Red Cross has estimated that 157,000 Bengalis are stranded in Pakistan mostly in Karachi.

    The repatriation operation was supervised by the United Nations High commission for Refugees.

    The refugees were provided with travel documents by the International Red Cross
    Bangladesh has repeatedly alleged that Pakistan is holding the Bengalis as hostages for the release of Pakistani prisoners-of-war being held by India.

    Meanwhile, on Wednesday, India repatriated 368 sick and wounded Pakistani military prisoners-of-war and 70 civilian detainees. India still holds about ninety-thousands Pakistani prisoners taken during hostilities in Bangladesh. Pakistan released the last Indian prisoners of war last December.

    SYNOPSIS: The first batch of Bengalis who were stranded in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war were flown to Bangladesh on Wednesday.

    One-hundred-and-twenty-seven Bengalis -- among the first group of four-hundred-and-sixty-four to be repatriated -- were assembled at Karachi Airport for the flight to Dacca. President Bhutto of Pakistan has announced he will send fifteen-thousand Bengalis home to Bangladesh as a gesture of goodwill.

    The repatriation operation was supervised by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the International Red Cross provided the Bengalis with travel documents. The Red Cross estimates that 157,000 Bengalis are stranded in Pakistan, mostly in Karachi.

    The United Nations chartered a jet of Afghan National Airlines to ferry the refugees to Dacca.

    On the same day, India repatriated more than four hundred sick Pakistani prisoners of war. Bangladesh has repeatedly alleged that Pakistan is holding the Bengalis as hostages for the release of Pakistanis being held by India. Pakistan released the last Indian prisoners of war in December.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6GRX5G5NCDIIYHJWM6IML74N1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6GRX5G5NCDIIYHJWM6IML74N1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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