There is no precedent in recent history that those who wanted to return to their motherland were forced to languish in camps under sub-human conditions but millions of stranded Pakistanis who refused to stay back in Bangladesh following the fateful events of 1971. Pakistan sustained over four million uninvited guests from Afghanistan and a large number are still being looked after. The indifferent attitude of the Muslim Ummah, the UN, OIC, host government of Bangladesh and above all Pakistan deprived them of their fundamental rights. On the other hand, stranded Pakistanis are still waiting under a false hope that the day would dawn when they will repatriate to their own homePakistan. Those who have visited Mohammadpur and Ali camps in Dhakka would bear witness that they have never seen or heard such miserable conditions for human-beings under which they were living. They have been subjected to torture for not accepting Bangladeshi citizenship and denouncing Pakistan for its alleged atrocities against Bangalis. To lucrative offers a majority of them responded by chanting slogans of 'Pakistan Zindabad. A painfully large number have died due to disease, hunger or lack of basic amenities. But what have we done for the return of these fellow citizens? The answer is nothing. Some initial attempts were made. Late PM Z. A. Bhutto brought 180,000 back and settled them in different parts of the country in 1973-74; Gen Zia allocated land for 40,000 houses in 1988; then PM Nawaz Sharif signed an agreement for transfer to Pakistan of 3000 families in 1992; late Ghulam Haider Wyne settled 325 stranded people in Khanewal in 1993. But since then the process of repatriation came to a halt. Successive governments have failed to take any initiative to restart the process. There is an urgent need that the government approached friendly countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE to pick up the thread to avoid risk to the lives of those who are still living in the hope to see the day when they will arrive at a land that is so dear to them.