Sipahi Maqbool Hussain
Sipahi Maqbool Hussain remained a ‘Missing in Action’ entry in records even decades after he was captured in 1965 war by Indian forces. As a POW, he was tortured brutally and as a result lost his mental abilities to a large extent. In an exchange of prisoners in 2005, he returned to Pakistan where his family was no more there as he had left 4 decades ago. He was not even identified initially as a POW and was sent later to Pakistan Army after some officials suspected that this disoriented person must be a soldier. Pakistan Army after receiving him gave him proper care and documented his imprisonment. It became known much later that he never gave out any secret whether significant or insignificant amid all the brutalities. He remained steadfast in worst of the times and emerged a Ghazi war veteran. ISPR along with a private production house made a special Drama serial on life of Sipahi Maqbool Hussain which received a lot of appreciation and brought to light the amazing story of this unsung hero of Pakistan.
Maqbool Hussain was a sepoy for the Pakistan Army who took part in the 1965 War against India. In 1965, Sipahi Maqbool Hussain was taken as a prisoner by the Indian forces, but he was never given the status of a Prisoner of War, which provides him with certain rights and benefits. He vanished and was declared missing on August 20, 1965. After spending 40 years in Indian jails, Sipahi Maqbool Hussain was released in 2005, at the Wagha border prisoner exchange. Maqbool was given as civilian prisoner status, not the status of a Prisoner of War. The man spent 40 years in Indian jails, subject to inhumane torture and negate but he never said a word against his country, Pakistan. It is said that Maqbool Hussain, whenever he bled, wrote “Pakistan Zindabad!” on the walls with his blood. When Sipahi Maqbool Hussain was released, he had already lost his senses due to the brutal torture he had faced at the hands of the Indians for 40 years. When he was questioned about his identity, he kept replying by writing: “No. 335139”, which was his Army bearing number.