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Too bad that we, as a nation, are insensitive to our citizens in distress. Each time there is an outcry, there is silence or at best promises by the Government/ Establishment, all to set the ground for procrastination, in the adage that "Time is the Best Healer". Yes, memory of BOTH, the people, AND sadly the media too, is poor.
If we as a mature nation returned the 97000 odd Pak PoWs after the 71 war, should we not have been careful to get ours back? Or we simply don't care at all??????????
Dear Sardar Ajmer Singh Randhawa ji,
For your information please. We, Ex-Servicemen circle, are also concerned about the well being and return of our friends who are languishing in Pakistani jails since 1971.
We, the veterans can do what our people in Uniform have NOT been able to do. Let us awaken the dead conscious and lethargy of the Govt of its duty towards 54 PoW in Pakistani Jails since 1971.
Throwing blame on Govt alone is not correct. What were our Chief(s) and Adjt Generals doing when 95000 Pakistanis were released from Indian camps in 1973-74 and we never bothered to get back our 54? Why NO efforts were made by them to get our boys back? What prevented them to pressurise Govt of the DAY to seek release of these 54 !!!
The latter seems the case, as witnessed in the Saurabh Kalia's case. Fourteen years on and
I can already see treaching in Governmental offices that read this. O its not so simple, they would say. Yes, don't we all know that? Defence affairs, Foreign affairs and of course National Prestige are not Simple affairs. BUT these are all essentials. Life is no shadow boxing. We need to get our act together, and work to a plan.
Sadly that is the very thing that does not happen.
I would like to add one more issue for seeing 'effectiveness' of the previous chiefs (IAF included).
OUR PoW’s IN PAKISTANI JAILS SINCE 1965 / 71 OPS - 54 of them !!!
[ List attached ].
This subject is NOT raised anywhere in discussions with
Reply to Dr Kaila by GoI on his request for taking up case of torture of his son, Capt Kalia and 5 men of JAT REGT by Pakistan Army in KARGIL in1999 states "being a bilateral issue, it will be discussed with Pakistan and NOT through any other agency' and what is the result? Even after recent boasting of a PAKISTANI soldier on U Tube about the torture of Capt Kalia and 5 men, we could do nothing of it !!
How did our people allow themselves to be duped, when we left their 95000 people and did not get back our 54?!!
Are the Chiefs (all of them irrespective of the color of Uniform) not responsible for this?
Except for their families and immediate friend’s circle; these HEROS have been forgotten and left to die in enemy land; unsung and unrememebered. A list is attached. Some loose groups and individuals like Mr Ajmer Singh Randhawa in
It is actually a NATIONAL SHAME that our people are still with PAKIs after 42 years.
Here is a mail from Dr Simmi Waraich, the daughter of Major SPS Waraich of 15
The mail gives us the information of a 'dummy' Committee for Monitoring Missing Defence Personnel (CMMDP) some years ago. Currently, its chairman is Vice-Admiral Pattanaik.
Copy of mail by daughter of Major Wariach.
We are relatives of the Missing defense persons. Some of the men in the list may have never been prisoners of war but some most likely were.
On our persistence, the government set up the Committee for Monitoring Missing Defence Personnel (CMMDP) some years ago. Currently, its chairman is Vice-Admiral Pattanaik. The committee has not contacted the affected families so far. Its members meet once in six months. It has not even summoned old war diary records from units or bothered to ask Major Suri's brother for his letter. Why enact a farce of helping the Americans or Bangladeshis find their dead soldiers when we are not even willing to search for our living?
Apart from making annual statements in the Lok Sabha, The govt has done little. Had the government shown any tenacity, it would not have suffered the ignominy of letting its officers die in a foreign land even as their families know no peace.
The government can redeem itself a little if it takes a cue from countries which have set up similar committees that make all-out efforts, follow each lead, and respect a man who has fought for his country and deserves better than to be left to languish in a foreign land. The
Some of these men may still be alive. Stranger things have happened.
Please see the following article in the Tribune that I wrote."Time running out for Indian 71 POWs."
Dr Simmi Waraich
D/o Maj SPS Waraich
Any govt of any party may rule in India but why do they fail to get their POWs released from Pak Jails?
Dear Respected Sir,
I beg to say that am Arshinder pal Singh ward of Prisoners of War 1971 Havildar Dharampal Singh (Army No-3346846) residence of V.P.O Lehra Dhurkot,District Bathinda,Punjab,Pin Code 151111. We knew 6 month ago that my father is alive in Kotlakhpat jail and Attock Qilla (fort) in Pakistan. They continue languished in kotlakpat jail.
We pleaded before Indian as Well as State Government. We held candle March in various district and cities but Government does not gives any response regarding this and does not take any action against it. Now me and my mother are very miserable. I had been already send a letter and mailed to defense minister and Home ministers as well as Human Right also. The NHRC complaint Regn. No. is : 593/19/2/2016. -NHRC, New Delhi. here is no one who will helped us. We Met with Sushma Swaraj and also sent e-mails and letters to Barak Obama, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Vladimir Putin, Holland francico, Sikhs for justice, and all world human rights Org. also We have so many evidences of their lives in Pakistan Jail in written form and as well as affidavit by imprisoned of Pakistan jail. My father not alone here. There are so many POWs from Punjab. we will have huge expectations from you.
So now please help us. We shall be very thankful to you.
Please help us.
Arshinder pal Singh
Contact No - +91- 9417181293
Its very shocking that Mr. Awais Sheikh who was a human rights activist and providing his services to Indian Prisoners in Pakistan is so terrorized in Pakistan by it's agencies that he was compelled to get asylum in Sweeden with his family last month in Sep. 2013. We pray for his good health and safety for his family. His contributions in this regard shall always be remembered and his kind efforts are engraved in golden letters in our hearts. We salute this brave man, our hats off to this brave lonely soldier of humanity in Pakistan.
Mr. Awais Sheikh
Their imprisonment in Pakistan is .............. A national shame for every Indian.
An emotional letter from a Commanding officer of Indian army which reflect his agony on failure of Indian govt. on release of the Indian POWs languished in
Just read the letter please ..........
I have been able to dig out some information on the subject, which you may share with your circle. You may leave my details intact, while sharing.
The unit involved was 15
In 1971, the unit was commanded by Lt Col Shastri and had Major KJ Singh (he had only one effective arm; half of other one had got blown up 6 months earlier in a grenade explosion. He died defending Hussaniwala and saving Firozepur), Major Waraich (he was taken Prisoner of War - and is reported to be still there in Kot Lakhpat Jail; we left Pakistan's 95000 PoW but failed to get our own 54 !!) and Captain Hardayal as company commanders. Capt Matharu was the supporting Arty officer for the unit. On the day of attack, Capt Matharu was in Firozepur. He was attending a dinner when the attack came in at the forward troops. He swam across river to reach his position in Major KJ Singh's company as the connecting bridge was under accurate Pakistani arty fire. Major KJ Singh's company defeated a number of attacks by Pakistanis, Capt Matharu provided the fire support and the attacks were repulsed but for the final assault.
It was a very ferocious battle, and Pakistanis (they had more than 6 battalions against two companies of 15
Major KJ Singh died, Major Waraich was captured as PoW.
Two forward companies of 15 PUNJAB were ultimately over run and the area West of Sutlej was occupied by
Pakistani army then removed the Samadhi of S Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and took the plaque to
I am attaching a file containing photographs of some of our PoWs still in
Hope this suffices.
AMRITSAR: After getting the sack and unable to make both ends meet, Pankaj Gupta, a resident of Pathankot, decided to run away from his house in 1996. But as the luck would have it, he inadvertently crossed the border and landed in Pak jail.
Pankaj was scheduled to be released in 2009, but he was not so lucky as Pakistani authorities once again put him behind bars following Indo-Pak tension over Mumbai attack.
Anil Gupta, brother of Pankaj, said, "After losing his job, he used to remain upset and after one such tiff, he disappeared from home." In 2009, a letter from Pakistan, raised their hopes as they got to know that Pankaj was alive, though in a hostile country. Anil said Pankaj informed them that he was implicated by Pak police in a false spying case.
Anil has now approached UK-based rights activist and advocate Jas Uppal seeking her help to file petition in Pak court urging his early release.
Jas told TOI over phone from UK on Wednesday, "Gupta was interrogated and tortured by Pakistani authorities for five years, he was lodged in Muzaffarbad prison in Kashmir. He has now been transferred to Hadiala Central Jail in Rawalpindi."
Pakistan has repeatedly been denying the presence of any Indian Prisoners of wars in its jails, but following the release of a Bulandshehar resident, there is fresh proof to establish that at least two Indian Prisoner of 71 war are still incarcerated in Karachi central jail. The news has rekindled hopes of families of Gunner Ram Das Sharma and Sepoy Mangal Singh, as they appeal to the governments of India and Pakistan to release them. http://www.timesnow.tv/videoshow/4415451.cms
Shrimati Satya Devi w/o sepoy Mangal Singh, disappeared in 1971 war is reported seen in a Pakistani jail by a prisoner who was recently freed and returned India. Her wife is still hopeful of his release and safe return. Whether Pakistani authorities be kind and release him?
Mr Rafi Uddin, an Indian prisoner who was released by the Pakistani authorities on the 30th of September 2012 along with a number of Indian fisherman. Mr Rafi Uddin maintains that he was not a fisherman. It is alleged that Mr Uddin spent 24 years in Kot Lakphat Prison. Mr Uddin maintains that he was 12 years of age (!) when he was arrested by the Pakistani authorities.
Mr Uddin produced a list drafted by a fellow Indian national unlawfully detained in Pakistan by the name of Mr Kuldip Kumar who has already completed his "sentence" however some six yours on, he continues to remain unlawfully detained in Kot Lakphat Prison, Lahore in Pakistan without an explanation from either the Indian or Pakistani authorities.
This list contains the names of 13 prisoners, 14 including Mr Kuldip Singh. 'Mr Mangal Singh' and 'Mr Ram Dass'. Following the news report in 'Jag Bani' Amritsar prompted the respective families of Sepoy Mangal Singh and Sepoy Ram Dass contact Jag Bani.
Sepoy Mangal Singh's family claim that Mr Mangal Singh who's name appears on Mr Kuldip Kumar's list is Sepoy Mangal Singh who was in the Indian Army was captured by the Pakistani army during the Indo-Pak war in 1971.
Let us see whether Arvind Kesriwal raises his voice or not but he has assured me.
My sincere thanks to Shri Arvind Kesriwal on giving me assurance to raise his voice for our unforgotten heroes—the Indian Prisoners of war illegally in custody of Pakistan who are seen on foreign soil which shows a conspiracy with other Muslim Countries to keep our brothers away from Pakistan. That means the Pakistan has no intention to give their whereabouts and refuse to having them in his custody. The mail from Arvind Kesriwal received by me on 18th Oct 2012 is as follows;
On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM, INDIA Against Corruption <indiaagainstcorruption.2010@
Thanks a lot for the suggestions.We will surely look into the points you have raised. Feel free to share any more ideas that you have. We will be looking forward to regular contribution from your end.
Sorry for delayed response and thanks a lot for your patience. As we have been flooded with emails which we’re trying to sort out this delay was inevitable.
UPTILL NOW ON DATED 09-11-12, NO RESPONSE FROM ARVIND KEJRIWAL.
Sepoy Jaspal Singh Indian PoW Captured by the Pakistani Security Forces During the 1970's is Alive!
The following information provided to me by an Indian national Mr Sukhdev Singh who went to work in Oman on a work visa in May 2010 for two years. Mr Sukhdev returned to India in July 2012. Mr Sukhdev Singh is a carpenter by trade. He informs me that he ended up working in a prison on Masirah Island Oman. Mr Sukhdev Singh's role was to install kitchen and kitchen equipment at the prison.
Mr Sukhdev Singh said he was required to travel from Gala City by ferry/boat to Masirah Island to work at the prison. I understand that this is an isolated island and that the prison houses about 2,5000 prisoners.
Mr Sukhdev Singh said:
1. He was approached by a man named Jaspal Singh who recognised Mr Sukhdev Singh to be a Punjabi. The man confirmed in Punjabi that he was Sepoy Jaspal Singh of Punjab Regiment that he was captured by the Pakistani Army near the Ferozpur border along with 4 more soldiers on the 4th of December 1971. They were all detained in a Pakistani prison between 5-6 years and then transferred to Masirah Island Prison in Oman and some prisoners were transferred to other prisons.
2. Sepoy Jaspal Singh disclosed that there are two other PoWs at Masriah Island Prison. Further the prison is subject to strict surveillance.
3. Sepoy Jaspal Singh confirmed that his wife's name is: Mrs Baljit Kaur. Sepoy Jaspal Singh appealed for help in securing his release and asked Mr Sukhdev Singh to contact his family which he did on his return.
4. Sepoy Jaspal Singh's son's name is Mr Kamaljit Singh and I have spoken to him. Mr Kamaljit Singh has confirmed his father Mr Jaspal Singh's details and verified that Mr Sukhdev Singh's description of Sepoy Jaspal Singh matches the description of his father. This is further confirmed by Mrs Baljit Kaur the wife of Sepoy Jaspal Singh.
5. This case has been reported to the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
6. It appears that Pakistan moved the Indian PoWs to different prisons - outside Pakistan and presumably with the agreement of Oman. This is why they have been saying that the Indian PoWs are "not in Pakistan".
Once the facts of this case have been verified the actions of both Pakistan and Oman will amount to an act of war and crime against humanity.
I am Nilanjana Ghosh, daughter of Maj Ashok Kumar Ghosh, one of the 54 defense personnel who were declared missing in th e1971 Indo-Pak war.
My father's photograph was flashed in the Times magazine dated Dec
1971. I understand from your article on the internet that my father was seen alive by some of the soldiers who were later released. I would be very obliged if you could let me have the address(s) of the people who claim to have seen my father alive, so that I may speak to them personally. I would also be very obliged if you would kindly update me on any other relevant information that you might possess.
d/o Maj Ashok K Ghosh
WHOSOEVER CAN GIVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT MAJOR ASHOK KUMAR GHOSH OR ANY OTHER POW, PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE AT email@example.com/ His identity shall never be revealed.
Ajmer singh Randhawa.