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Pakistani soldier who spent 40 years in Indian Jails passes away

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1965 war veteran Sepoy Maqbool Hussain passed away at Combined Military Hospital Attock on Tuesday 28th August. In the latest news from military media wing, Late Sepoy Hussain will be laid to rest with full military honors.

Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his sorrow over Hussain’s death. He had been admitted in CMH for a past few months.

His funeral prayers will be held on Wednesday 29th August at 12.30 pm at AK Centre Attock as well as at Chaklala Airbase at 2.30 pm. Following his funeral prayer, the deceased will be laid to rest at his native village Sudhnoi in Azad Kashmir.

Sepoy Maqbool Hussain was a brave soldier of Pakistan Army who was captured by Indian Army in the 1965 war after being injured. He spent 40 years in the captivity and was eventually released in 2005. During his unlawful detention, Sepoy Maqbool Hussain bore unbearable torture in Indian prisons.

He is also referred as a ‘living legend’ who fought a fight against the Indian army alone in the prisons for 40 years. In his imprisonment, he was denied the status of a prisoner. As a part of his torture, Sepoy Maqbool was kept in solitary confinement and was subjected to inhumane treatment. He was forced to chant ‘Jai Hind’. He, however, endured the atrocities and adhered to his oath to serve the country.

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He was eventually released in 2005 as a part of an agreement that brought an exchange of civil prisoners. In recognition of his valiant services for the country, the Government of Pakistan honored him with Sitara-i-Jurrat.

Sepoy Maqbool Hussain was a part of a troop that severed the communication lines of the Indian army in 1965 war but however was severally injured at the end of the operation and was unfortunately taken the prisoner.