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

Hardcover | August 15, 2012

byIkram Sehgal

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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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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...

Ikram Sehgal completed Senior Cambridge and FSc from Lawrence College, Ghoragali. He studied in Murari Chand (MC) College, Sylhet and Notre Dame College, Dhaka before graduating from Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Kakul. Commissioned in October 1965 in 2E Bengal (Junior Tigers) in October 1965, the infantry unit raised by his father...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pagesPublished:August 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199066078

ISBN - 13:9780199066070

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Table of Contents

1. 91 BSF2. Agartala Jail3. Passage to Panagarh4. Panagarh Politics5. The Geneva Convention6. The Devil's Advocate7. June, July and Uppal's Ire8. Sadiq Nawaz's Express9. Goodbye Uppal10. The Road to Calcutta11. O Calcutta!12. American Aid, 1971 style13. Run Silent, Run Deep14. Delhi Days15. Operation Superstar16. Kathmandu17. Bangkok and HomeEpilogueIndex