On Sunday (September 23rd) the massive repatriation scheme for detainees from the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War continued from Lahore airport in Pakistan.
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Background: On Sunday (September 23rd) the massive repatriation scheme for detainees from the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War continued from Lahore airport in Pakistan.
It will eventually return home over 300,000 military personnel and civilians held in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
A Boeing aircraft has been chartered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to run a shuttle service between Lahore and Dacca in Bangladesh. On Sunday - the fourth day of the operation - about 125 Pakistanis arrived at Lahore, and the same number of Bengalis left for Bangladesh. Many of them were women and children. Numerous army personnel have been involved in making the transfer as smooth as possible. The first phase of the repatriation will cover 2,000 Bengalis in Pakistan and 2,600 Pakistanis in Bangladesh. 1,500 Pakistani prisoners-of-war will return by train.
Agreement on the repatriation was reached in August after long and hard negotiations. There are still some points of contention to be cleared up, such as the exact number of Biharis in pakistan who wish to be repatriated. The early start of the air operation has taken diplomatic circles be surprise, but it enabled the Pakistani prime Minister, Mr. Bhutto, to point out to the United Nations General Assembly in New York that repatriation had started.