The United Nations is continuing its repatriation of the thousands of people displaced in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as the result of the 1971 war.
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Background: The United Nations is continuing its repatriation of the thousands of people displaced in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as the result of the 1971 war.
On Wednesday (19 September), the first Pakistanis returning from Bangladesh under the New Delhi three-way agreement signed last month, arrived in Lahore.
A jet aircraft chartered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees carried 127 Pakistanis from Dacca and returned with 168 Bengali former members of the Pakistani Armed Forces and their families.
A second U.N. aircraft joined the airlift between Lahore and Dacca on Thursday (20 September) and government officials said the two aircraft could ferry up to 1,200 people a day. The two aircraft are expected to make two rounds trips daily.
About 140,000 people will be repatriated from Pakistan to Bangladesh and some 60,000 in the opposite direction in the initial exchange.
Pakistan had expected its 90,000 prisoners of war held in India to start coming home this week at the same time, but India later announced the first batch of prisoners would not be sent back to Pakistan until 28 September.