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Families of Indian PoWs to visit Pakistan this week

Indian families, which believe their members were taken prisoner by Pakistan during the 1971 war, say they will make the trip across the border this week to search for the missing men.

Jammu, May 30 : Indian families, which believe their members were taken prisoner by Pakistan during the 1971 war, say they will make the trip across the border this week to search for the missing men.

The trip follows an invitation earlier this year from Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, who asked the families to look for the men in his country's jails as part of steps to boost trust in a peace process between the two countries.

A ray of hope has rekindled in the hearts of those families who have been permitted by Islamabad to search around ten jails for their missing relatives.

Nirmal Kaur, the wife of soldier Asha Singh believed to be languishing in a Pakistani jail, says she is confident about tracing her husband.

Kaur is also carrying the hopes of many others who have not been permitted to visit Pakistan.

"I hope I'll get my husband and other 53 Prisoners of War (PoWs). I have to identify other PoWs from the Jammu region. I would be really happy if I am able to bring back my husband," said Kaur, a resident of Jammu, who will be a part of 13-member delegation visiting Pakistan.

"We really hope for the best. I am sure I'll get my father back. My mother is going there. I am sure she will bring my father home," said Harcharan, Kaur's son.

Relatives of the missing men claim there is evidence including media reports, photographs and letters to prove the presence of the PoWs in Pakistani prisons.

It is believed that there are 54 Indian PoWs in Pakistani jails. In 1983, some Indian PoWs families visited Pakistani prisons, but claimed that access was curtailed.

ANI

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