Repatriation of 1971 war soldier from Pak, HC notice to Union Ministry
Chandigarh(DP Correspondent) – The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Thursday issued notice to the Union External Affairs Ministry and Border Security Force (BSF) authorities, for November 13, in a writ petition filed by Angrez Kaur of Faridkot. She has prayed before the court that the Union government and BSF authorities be issued direction to get her husband, Surjit Singh, a constable in BSF, who was captured by Pakistani Army during 1971 War on December 4,1971, but the BSF authorities presumed him to have been killed in war against Pakistan in Chhamb Sector.The petitioner, who had filed her petition through advocate H C Arora relied upon a statement given by former Pakistani Human Rights Minister, Ansar Burni, on April 28, 2011 in Pakistan to newspaper “Jang”, which thereafter was also reported in “Amar Ujala” of April 29, 2011, wherein it was stated that Constable Surjit Singh of India was in Pakistan Jail, after he had completed 20 years’ imprisonment.The petitioner also stated that in 2004 also, there were news reports that her husband was being released, but on going to border to receive him, she found that one Makhan Singh, who was undergoing imprisonment in Pakistan on charge of spying, had been repatriated to India, in the assumed name of Surjit Singh. Makhan Singh admitted before news channels that Surjit Singh was still in jail in Pakistan.The petitioner has also said that Pakistan is not responding to letters of Indian authorities, and thus, the only remedy was that Union of India be directed to file a case in the International Court of Justice for repatriation of Surjit Singh from Pakistan.
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