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Friday, 24 June 2016

54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS

Dear Gen, 
What an initiative which remained our concern as faujis. Yours truely was the one who received 686 repatriated personnel into the camp at Delhi Cantt in 1972 being Adjt of camp & wholesole i/c as i moved to camp on condition that there shall be no CO camp , who was unable to manage a large assembly of support persons from most centres. I used to get the details who were left behind as some would confide in me & the same persons were directed to interrogators & thus some details were known. 
A BSF JCO got some names hidden in his mirror & so on. I am thankful to you personally for this initiative as it always touched me & angered me that nincompoops amongst us could barter away 93K & yet not get our hundreds. 
Since your initiatives are linked to 4 decades plus cases, my respectable salute to you with good wishes to make it happen more resolutely than OROP.

 With due respect, Yogi Dated: 23 June 2016 

54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS 
 Dear Veterans, 
 Letter to Hon’ble Raksha Mantri,copy endorsed to Hon’ble Prime Minister and three Chiefs dated 23 June 2016 regarding 54 Indian POWs Languishing in Pakistan Jails is enclosed herewith for your information and widest circulation please.

 With regards, 
 Yours Sincerely, 
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269
014110570 
 Email:satbirsm@gmail.com 
 23 June 2016 
 Shri Manohar Parrikar Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 104, South Block, New Delhi 

 54 INDIAN POWS LANGUISHING IN PAKISTAN JAILS 

 Hon’ble Raksha Mantri 

 1. The issue of 54 Indian POW of 1971 WAR in Pakistan Jails has been pending for the past 46 years. While India Returned 93000 Pak POWs of 71 WAR, our 54 POWs have not been returned by Pakistan. The list of Indian POWs in Pak Jails is attached. 

2. While some of these brave soldiers would have died, many may be still alive languishing in Pakistan Jails. The Govt of India has been taking up the case with the Govt of Pakistan but without any positive outcome. Very reliable evidence is available but our POWs have not come back. The Govt of India needs to take up the case directly with the Govts of Pakistan afresh and also approach the International Court of Justice to get our POW released. 

3. One of most authentic piece of evidence is the SAARC Meeting 1989. During the SAARC Meeting at Islamabad, Benzazir Bhutto Pime Minister of Pakistan admitted that there were 41 Indian POWs held by them against the claim of 43 POWs, given by late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs. Bhutto promised to release them soon but never kept her promise to release them.

 4. This is motive issue and needs to be taken up by the Govt on Priority. May we request you for your kind indulgence to get our POWs released at the earliest please? 
 With regards, 
 Yours Sincerely, 
Maj Gen Satbir Singh, SM (Retd) Advisor United Front of Ex Servicemen & Chairman IESM Mobile: 9312404269
014110570 
 Email:satbirsm@gmail.com 

 Copy to :- Shri Narendra Modi Hon’ble, Prime Minister of India Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) New Delhi – 110 001 For info with request to accord priority to get our soldier POWs back from Pakistan. 

 General Dalbir Singh PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC Chief of the Army Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Army) South Block, New Delhi-110011 You are requested to jointly and strongly take up the issue with the Govt.

 Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC Chief of the Air Staff & Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee (CoSC), Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Air Force) Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi 110011 Our request as above. 

Admiral R K Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC Chief of the Naval Staff Integrated HQs of Ministry of Defence (Navy) South Block, New Delhi -110011 Our request as above. -

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