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Published on 07 Feb 2011 | over 5 years ago

Maqbool Hussain, a Pakistani soldier who was injured and taken prisoner by the Indian Army in the 1965 war, spent 40 years in Indian jails. He was released as a civilian prisoner in 2005. During his imprisonment, Hussain was subjected to terrible human rights abuses.

Hussain, bearing army No 335139, hit by enemy fire on the Line of Control at the start of the 1965 war. Subsequently, he is taken prisoner by the Indian army, who deny him Prisoner of War status. Trained in the traditions of the Pakistan Army, Hussain faces all the suffering and refuses to share any information about his country with his captors — so much so that when they cut out his tongue, he writes 'Pakistan Zindabad' (long live Pakistan) in his own blood. Hussain also becomes mentally ill during his four decades of incarceration. The Great Sipahi Maqbool Hussian fought till the last gasp.

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