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Lance Naik Aashiq Ali in Pak jail for 41 years

New Delhi: Lance Naik Aashiq Ali who was declared a martyr during the 1971 Indo-Pak war is believed to be alive and is in a Pak jail for the past 41 years. A list published in newspaper obtained through RTI has his name among the prisoners. It may be recalled that the family had received a telegram on 15 December 1971 that Aashiq Ali was among the missing soldiers.

However, four days later, another telegram was received which informed about his martyrdom. His wife Khatoon and brother Ali Sher (retired assistant post-master) cite a similar case in which a declared martyr Aarif returned home in 1999 after the Kargil war. Such an incident makes the relatives believe that the soldier is alive.

The family has drawn the attention of the Prime Minister and Pakistan High Commissioner. They received only assurance of further investigation. Aashiq Ali, resident of Lukhrada village in UP joined the army in 1961 at the age of 20 and has been missing since 1971 war.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2012 on page no. 15

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