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Escape from Oblivion The Story of a Pakistani Prisoner of War in India

ISBN: 9780199066070 | 0199066078
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 2/2/2013

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Ikram Sehgal, a Pakistani Army officer, became a prisoner of war (POW) in India in peculiar circumstances after he was handed over to the Indians after the rebellion in East Pakistan in 1971. Along with officers and other ranks of mostly non-Bengali origin, he was held in an Indian POW Campthat was established in April 1971 despite the fact that the India-Pakistan War that led to the creation of Bangladesh did not break out until December 1971. These 100 or so POWs remained undeclared by India throughout 1971. Kept in solitary confinement he escaped on the 100th day of captivity,becoming the first Pakistani Army officer to successfully break out from an Indian POW camp in history. Made from original notes taken during the period of de-briefing on return to Pakistan, this fascinating book gives an insider's account of conditions in Indian custody. It is a spell-binding and gripping tale of individual courage, of disparate friendships made in very adverse circumstances and thewill to survive.

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