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Jagsir yet to decide on bringing wife home
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Kotbhai (Muktsar), September 22
Even as Mohammad Arif, who spent about five years in Pakistani jails, has decided to take Gudia, his wife, back though she got married to Taufiq in his absence, his friend in jail, lance naik Jagsir Singh is yet to decide on whether to bring his wife back or not.

“I am making up my mind whether I should bring her back to my house or not. My wife has been living with her parents even since she came to know that I have been missing in the Kargil conflict’” said lance naik Jagsir Singh while talking to TNS, today.

Ms Jaswinder Kaur, wife of lance naik Jagsir Singh, left her in-laws house few years after her husband went missing during the Kargil conflict. Not only that she left her in-laws house, she also left her small daughter with the mother and father of lance naik Jagsir Singh.

Though the fact that lance naik Jagsir Singh, who was once considered as army deserter, was alive and in Pakistani jail, came to light in January 2004 and his parents and other relatives started making efforts to get him released. Jaswinder Kaur did not come to her in-laws’s house. She did not even turn up to receive her husband when he reached his village a few days ago.

Lance naik and sapper Mohammed Arif were captured by the Pakistani Rangers during the Kargil conflict in the Jammu and Kashmir area about five years ago. The army authorities declared them deserter a few years ago. Even late Gurdev Singh, father of lance naik Jagsir Singh died while fighting to get justice for his son and to remove the stigma that his son was not a deserter.

Lance naik Jagsir Singh pointed out, “ I am feeling agitated over the fact that my wife left my parents and my daughter at the time she was supposed to look after them. My wife then gave in writing that she wanted to get remarried. She also restored my daughter to my parents to free herself from any responsibility to go for a remarriage.”

He added that his wife came to his house on September 15 along with her kin and gave the indication that she would like to come back to his house. He added that those, who were accompanying her, also tried to hold a veiled threat that they would force him to accept her.

He said if there would be a reunion between him and his wife at any point of time, it would be out of free will and not under any sort of pressure or threat. He said he was an army man and he would not bow before any sort of pressure.

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