DACCA: Another 2,700 Indian Muslims have been evicted from their hearths and homes by the Indian Army and Police from Tripura state and pushed into Pakistan through the Comilla and Sylhet borders, according to information received here yesterday.

These Indian Muslims, like those who were driven out in the first week of this month, also suffered inhuman torture, maltreatment and humiliation at the hands of the Indian Army which ejected them. They did not spare even the women and children.

These Indian Muslims were living in Tripura state for generations or years before independence. They have not been allowed to bring anything with them, and their properties and valuables were snatched away. These unfortunate Muslims were made to walk 16 miles at the point of a bayonet, through the hills before they were boarded on vehicles and carried to the border.

Meanwhile, reliable reports reaching here from Tripura state have given rise to the apprehension that more Muslims nationals of India living in that state may be evicted in the near future. All bus and truck owners are reported to have been alerted by the authorities to make their vehicles available whenever needed. Ostensibly, this arrangement has been made to deport Indian Muslims and push them into Pakistan. —Dacca Correspondent

Women climbers

LAHORE: A party of 16 girls has returned to Lahore after climbing a 14,600 feet high peak situated in the south of Batakuldi in the Kaghan Valley. The expedition was sponsored by the Climbers Club of Pakistan.

By scaling the summit, the members of the expedition have become the first women mountaineers of Pakistan. The summit party comprised Miss Nafisa, Miss Zubedia Zuby, Miss Cassin and Miss Ross. The rest of the members went up to the base of the summit ridge and they were Nasreen Gul, Fuzia, Sabiha Saboohi, Ifit, Shahida and Naseem. The majority of the girls came from Kinniard College, Lahore.

Updated Jun 29, 2012 03:14am

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