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Indian Prisoners of War in Pakistan

Man Mohan Sharma (Author) Lt. Col Rajkumar Pattu (Author)
Synopsis After the 1971 Indo-Pak War India had 3703 Pakistani Prisoners of War in the West (Punjab-Rajasthan-J & K) and 93007 in the East (bangla Desh). In addition the Indian Army had occupied 9047 S1q Kilometers of Pak Territory in Punjab with 90 Villages Situated there. Pakistan had 2307 Indian Pows. After the Shimla Conference of 28 Jun-3 July 1972, whereas the Pak Territory was vacated by 7 Aug 1972, Pakistani Prisoners of War of the West repatriated on 1 Dec 1972 and of the East by 14 Nov. 1974, the Indian soldiers in West Pakistan were abandoned by the Indira Govt causing endless pain and suffering for their Families. How was this human tragedy of untold magnitude perpeterated? How did this event of great national disgrace come about? Our Love’s labour has lasted 15 years; Love of the Moteherland, Love of the Indian Army, Love of Fair play.
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About the authors

Man Mohan Sharma

Born of a highly educated family of Sialkot (Pakistan) Man Mohan Sharma had a distinguished academic career. He is a graduate with honours in English as well as Urdu literatures. he is also an interpreter in Nepali. He served as a Commissioned Officer with the 5/8 Gorkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). He commanded the Garhawal and Kumaon Scouts in Uttaranchal. During his army service spanning 30 years, he spent more then two decades in the Himalayan heights and valleys from subzero temperatures of Ladakh to the beautiful valleys of the Eastern Himalayas. He has carried out an in-depth study of the Himalayas; the land and the people-and their extra ordinary gods and goddesses that dwell there. His first book Through The Valley of Gods (1976), attracted attention around the Globe and earned him the Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society London. He has also been conferred with the membership of the National Geographical Society, Washington. He is thus, an acknowledged authority on the Himalayan Uttrakhand culture. Seen in the photograph above at Charma, a beatiful village enroute to Kailas Manasarover.

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Lt. Col Rajkumar Pattu

Was Bornat Banga, District Nawan Shahar, Punjab in 1936. Joined the Indian Army and retired in 1991 after 36 years of service. Fought three major wars i.e. 1962, 1965 and 1971. 1971 war was fought in Chhamb Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Performed his duties of replenishments under the most adverse battle conditions. Carried out numerous Commando raids in enemy held areas. captured large scale of arms, ammunitions and other war equipments. Major Abbasi and a NCO of 13 Azad Kashmir Battalion were also captured. The author was recommended for a gallantry award. The victim families of the Indian Prisoners of War assembled at the residence of the author in 1992 and "Missing Defence Personnel Relatives Association" (MDPRA) was formed. The author was elected as its Founder working President. Since then, untiring efforts have gone in to free our unsung soldiers from the clutches of Pakistan which are amply illustrated in this book.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Prisoners of War in Pakistan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185384945
length xviii+464p., Tables; Maps; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.