About 250 Pakistanis and 80 Indians held captive since the 1971 hostilities between the two countries have returned to their homelands in a border exchange.
GV Border India-Pakistan
GV & CU Pakistan women, children & sailors waiting to cross border to Pakistan (3 shots)
SV Border gates being opened
SV & CU Indian prisoners crossing border into India & being checked & greeted (3 shots)
SV Cameraman and newsmen
GV Pakistan sailors walking towards border (2 shots)
CU Sailors & civilians being greeted in Pakistan (3 shots)
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Background: About 250 Pakistanis and 80 Indians held captive since the 1971 hostilities between the two countries have returned to their homelands in a border exchange.
The exchange took place at the border check post of Wagah near the Pakistan city of Amritsar. It was supervised by the international Red Cross, on Saturday (10 March).
Indian officials handed over to their Pakistan counterparts 101 seamen and 152 ship passengers captured during the fighting. Among the passengers were 26 women and 48 children.
In return, Pakistan handed over 80 seamen and passengers who had been held for nearly two years.
There were scenes of joy and many of the homecomers broke down as they were reunited with families and friends.
As the Indian returnees stepped across the border, police identified them through their employers and officers of the Transport Ministry.