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HIGHCOURT ISSUES NOTICE TO EXTERNAL AFFAIR MINISTRY ON REPATRIATION OF 1971 WAR SOLDIER FROM PAKISTAN

October 12, 2017 06:26 PM

Chandigarh/Faridkot  (Gautam Bansal)

Punjab and Haryana Highcourt issues notice to Union Ministry for external affairs, on a Civil Writ Petition filed for seeking repatriation of a soldier of 1971-War, from Pakistan.

High Court Bench of Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain today issued notices to Union External Affairs Ministry, and BSF authorities, for 13.11.2017, in a writ petition filed by Angrez Kaur of Faridkot , through Mr. H.C.Arora, seeking a direction to get her husband, Surjit Singh, a Constable in BSF (Border Security Force), who was captured by Pakistani Army during 1971-war on 4.12.1971, but the BSF authorities presumed her to have been killed in war against Pakistan in Chhamb Sector.

Among other evidence, the petitioner relied upon a statement given by former Pakistani Human Rights Minister, Ansar Burni, on 28.4.2011 in Pakistan to news paper “Jang”, which thereafter was also reported in “Amar Ujala” of 29.4.2011, 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 stated 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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