HRA urges UNO representative to release POW of 1971 War

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Rajkot, Mar 9 (UNI) International Human Right Activist and Gujarat High Court Advocate M K Paul has urged Madam Asma Jahangir, a representative of UNO (for Human Rights), to release all the Prisoners of 1971 War (POW), for the observation of International Human Rights.

He has requested this in a letter and the copies of the letter have been circulated to press, seeking UNO observer of Human Rights for the release of POW.

In the letter, Mr Paul has stated, ''It is admitted position of facts that at the end of 1971 Indo-Pak War Lt General Amir Abdulla Niyazi of Pakistan had surrendered before Lt General Jagjit Singh Arora of India with 93,000 soldiers of Pakistan. Indian Government had honestly implemented all the International Human Rights, regarding the 93,000 prisoners of war of Pakistan.

He also said subsequently, there was a Shimla Peace Agreement signed by late former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi and Janab Zulfiwaur Ali Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan. Indian Government had honestly returned all the 93,000 prisoners of Pakistan.

As many as 2,238 officers, soldiers and pilots of India were found missing from the western sector of war front. Pakistan had returned only 617 Indian Prisoners, Mr Paul said. Illegally, 1,621 Indian Prisoners of 1971 Indo-Pak war were retained by Pakistan Government.

During the war period on December 4, 1971, Pakistan observer leading newspaper had reported the news on headlines Pakistan Air Force (PAF) bags 46 Indian Planes, five Indian pilots captured alive.

Even names of four pilots of 32 Squardron of Indian Air Force were declared by Pakistan press as captured alive Flt Lt V V Tambey, Flt Lt N Shankar (Baroda, Gujarat), Flt Lt K S Nanda, Flt Lt S C Sandal. Names of many Indian captured prisoners were even announced on Pakistan Radio.

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