SC fiat on PoWs in Pakistan jails

SC fiat on PoWs in Pakistan jails

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Centre to inform it about the current status of list of Indian Prisoners of War (POWs) languishing in Pakistani jails for 43 years and efforts made for their release.

The apex court asked the Ministry of External Affairs to file a fresh affidavit within six weeks indicating current status of the list prepared by government in 1985 admitting that 54 Indian defence personnel were held as POWs in Pakistan during the 1971 war.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said “29 years is a long time” since the list of 54 POWs was prepared and it has to be determined what is their status as some of them may not be alive.

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