Pakistan authorities released 273 Indian civilians interned during the war between the two nations last December, and handed them over to Indian officials at Wagah Border Post on Saturday (September 16).
Pakistan authorities released 273 Indian civilians interned during the war between the two nations last December, and handed them over to Indian officials at Wagah Border Post on Saturday (September 16). They were the first civilians to be repatriated following the Simla peace agreement between the two countries signed last July.
About 500 Indian civilians were interned by Pakistan during the war, and india has taken up with the International Red Cross the question of the remainder. Saturday's hand-over included 65 women and 86 children, while 13 people were refused entry by Indian authorities for lack of proof of identity. Some internees who had no papers were allowed in after being identifies by friends and relatives.
Indian authorities have promised to repatriate all the 700 Pakistani civilians taken into custody, in a hand-over at Wagah on September 18 and 19. The exchanges will not involve any Pakistani civilians captured in Bangladesh--formerly the eastern sector of Pakistan.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly three hundred Indian civilians were returned to India on Saturday--after being released by Pakistani authorities, who had interned them during the war between the two nations last December. The internees, handed over at Wagah Border Post after being checked by Pakistani and Indian police, were the first to be released since the Simla peace agreement was signed in July. Over two hundred were still in detention.
But, while the Pakistani police allowed the internees across the border, thirteen of them were turned back by Indian authorities after failing to prove their identity. Some of those allowed in without papers were identified by friends and relatives. India, meanwhile, has promised to hand over seven hundred Pakistani internees, and is to consult the International Red Cross about the two hundred remaining Indians in Pakistani internment camps.