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Prisoners Of War, And Fate

A carpenter’s discovery of a ’71 PoW off Oman nails Pakistan’s constant denial

Prisoners Of War, And Fate
Prisoners Of War, And Fate
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The Lie Of The Land

  • Evidence of PoWs in Pakistan has been surfacing now and then, in the form of stray letters, testimonies of spies, discovery of urns of ’71 PoW ashes and now the discovery of a PoW inmate in Oman
  • India’s time and again presented Pakistan with a list of 54 PoWs
  • But it has consistently denied the presence of any PoWs
  • During the Agra summit in 2001, President Musharraf denied any PoWs, but Kargil PoWs were in their custody, and released in 2004.

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Truth finds ingenious ways to manifest itself. And time, it has often been seen, is of no consequence in its pursuit. For long, 41 years to be precise, Pakistan has been denying it has any prisoners of war (PoWs) in its custody. Now, for the first time, there’s evidence to suggest that when Pakistani leaders say “No PoWs in our jails”, they are speaking only half the truth. What they don’t tell you is that many who were taken prisoner in the 1971 war could...

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