The moment more than four hundred Pakistani prisoners of war had been dreaming about for a year and a half, came last Wednesday, (July 11).
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SV Prisoner being received back by Pakistan military officials
SV Prisoners being welcomed back by civilians
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CU Wounded prisoner being assisted
TV Prisoner being brought back in wheelchair being welcomed by the military
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Background: The moment more than four hundred Pakistani prisoners of war had been dreaming about for a year and a half, came last Wednesday, (July 11).
The Indian authorities let them go home because they are all sick or wounded. The men, some on stretchers on wheelchairs, crossed the border at Lahore.
Pakistan has since complained about 'inhuman' Indian treatment of their prisoners in the camps. They also say India has flagrantly violated Geneva conventions by holding 92,000 Pakistani prisoners captured in December 1971.
Fifty of those repatriated are suffering from serious diseases including tuberculosis.
SYNOPSIS: The moment more than four hundred Pakistani prisoners had been dreaming of during a year and a half of captivity, came at the Wagah border point near Lahore last Wednesday. They arrived home.
India let them go because they are all sick or wounded. A Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman has since claimed that Indian treatment of prisoners in the camps is reducing many detainees to desperation. He told India to find less inhuman methods of stopping escape than allowing trigger happy guards to shoot to kill.
Forty-six Pakistanis are reported killed and eighty-six injured in shooting incidents.
The spokesman added that India's prolonged imprisonment of more than ninety-two thousand Pakistanis flagrantly violated Geneva conventions.
The group released on Wednesday was made up of three hundred and eighty-four servicemen, fifty-four civilians and five woman. Fifty are suffering from serious diseases including tuberculosis. The prisoners claimed they suffered physical and mental torture from Indian security guards, excessive work, appalling food and poor medical care.