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Indian PoWs' kin present evidence

A 14-member delegation presents documents to the Pak media to prove that their loved ones are present there.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2007 17:48 IST

Hoping to find their missing family members, relatives of Indian Prisoners of War (PoWs), currently on a visit to Pakistan, have presented evidence of their existence to the media in Islamabad.

The 14-member delegation of the relatives of POWs before leaving for Karachi on Sunday showed documents to the media to prove that their loved ones were captured and present in Pakistan.

Fifty four men were scheduled to be released or exchanged in the third phase of prisoner exchange between India and Pakistan, but were somehow not returned, they said.

Since then, there was no official information about the prisoners, while Pakistani governments had repeatedly denied having the 54 men in custody, the relatives added.

The Pakistani government, in official letters and announcements, has denied the presence of the 54 men in its jails.

But President Pervez Musharraf allowed the delegation to visit jails in the country on humanitarian grounds. The delegation visited Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore and visited central prison in Karachi.

Evidence compiled by the relatives of the Indian soldiers consists of letters, radio announcements and reference from books proving their capture, the Daily Times reported.

They plan to present the evidence to Musharraf if and when their request for an interview him materialises during their current visit.