Pakistan returns Indian soldier who deserted post due to ‘ill treatment of commanders’

Published: January 21, 2017
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ISPR says as a gesture of goodwill, the soldier has been convinced to return to India. PHOTO: ISPR

ISPR says as a gesture of goodwill, the soldier has been convinced to return to India. PHOTO: ISPR

An Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, earlier said to be captured by Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) near the disputed Kashmir valley, was handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagha border on Saturday.

“Chohan, who was stationed in Indian occupied Kashmir, deserted his post at LoC due to his grievances of maltreatment against his commanders,” a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said earlier today.

Pakistan Army denies capturing Indian soldier along LoC

“He [Indian soldier] willfully crossed LoC on 29 September 2016 and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army,” the communique added.

The ISPR asserted that it is a “gesture of goodwill and in continuation of Pakistan Army’s efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and Working Boundary. Chohan has been convinced to return to his own country and will be handed over to Indian authorities at Wahga Border on humanitarian grounds”.

Earlier, an Indian army official claimed, “It is confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan side of the Line of Control.”

The official told Reuters that such incidents of people including civilians crossing the frontier by mistake have happened in the past from both sides and those who strayed have been returned.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Faisal
    Jan 21, 2017 - 2:17PM

    Well he’s screwed but running away from your problems is not the solution.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 21, 2017 - 2:30PM

    The story the way it is written doesn’t add up…If he deserted on his own volition because of maltreatment by his superior officers, why would returning him now be considered a humanitarian gesture to him ?? Surely they would track him down and take him to task, to say the least ! Recommend

  • Rao
    Jan 21, 2017 - 3:16PM

    Good gesture by Pakistan. Thanks. Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jan 21, 2017 - 4:10PM

    It would had also been very nice if some rotis and salin were packed with him. India is worst country for poor. It doesn’t make any difference poor is in uniform or not.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 21, 2017 - 4:13PM

    Pakistan is an equitable and law-abiding land. No wonder the world’s oppressed people make their way into this great nation where everybody is equal. Justice and prosperity is assured to every single human – no matter what their caste or creed. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN !!Recommend

  • Reech
    Jan 21, 2017 - 6:01PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Pakistanis don’t ask too many questions when something comes from ISPR.Recommend

  • Shah
    Jan 21, 2017 - 10:14PM

    Of course, why to ask ISPR; It is not NDTV, Times India, Arnab Kapoora, or others who vomit and spew loose motions faeces from their mouth; Recommend

  • Taxzu
    Jan 22, 2017 - 2:25PM

    Its really a big gesture since he was captured during so called surgical strike.Recommend

  • Wajahat
    Feb 28, 2017 - 4:16PM

    good gesture by the armyRecommend

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