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India missed 'golden opportunity' to resolve Kashmir issue in 1971: Modi

Addressing another rally in Gujarat's Patan, Modi said he had warned Pakistan of consequences if it did not return Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Gujarat’s Patan, on the last day of campaigning in the state Photo: Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Gujarat’s Patan, on the last day of campaigning in the state Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India missed an “golden opportunity” to resolve the Kashmir dispute during the 1971 war when “under global pressure” it released hundreds of Pakistani troops, who were in the custody of Indian Army.  At an election rally in Barmer, Modi said then Congress government signed the Shimla agreement (in 1972) “under global pressure” and released over 90,000 prisoners of war (PoWs) instead of resolving the Kashmir dispute “in lieu of the PoWs.” “Pakistan troops were in our custody. A big ...