Pakistan and India exchanged some of their sick and wounded prisoners of war on Saturday (24 June).
Pakistan and India exchanged some of their sick and wounded prisoners of war on Saturday (24 June). Two Swiss aircraft chartered by the International Committee of the Red Cross brought 101 Pakistanis from India to Rawalpindi. The exchange took place only days before the start of the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Gandhi and Pakistani President Bhutto at Simla, in Northern India, which began Wednesday (28 June).
The returning prisoners of war were greeted by high-ranking Pakistani Army and Air Force officers.
The two Red Cross planes later left for New Delhi with 37 Indians aboard -- including 28 civilians stranded in Pakistan at the outbreak of war last December.
The planes returned to Rawalpindi later with another 100 sick and w???ded Pakistani prisoners of war aboard.
It was the fourth exchange of prisoners between India and Pakistan since the December war. India had sent back 99 Pakistanis in three earlier repatriations in return for 19 Indian soldiers and four civilians.