India frees 13 Pakistani prisoners in reciprocal gesture

Published: May 14, 2019
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India hands over Pakistani citizens to authorities at Wagah border. PHOTO: EXPRESS

India hands over Pakistani citizens to authorities at Wagah border. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: In response to Pakistan’s goodwill gesture of releasing Indian prisoners, New Delhi on Tuesday released 13 Pakistani inmates who completed their jail terms.

The released prisoners, which included four fishermen who illegally entered Indian waters, were handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Wagah Border.

Meanwhile, at least three of the prisoners released were detained in India for overstaying their visas.

Travelling arrangements for the released fishermen from Lahore to Karachi will be made by the Edhi Foundation.

The prisoners expressed gratitude over their release in the holy month of Ramazan as they would be able to celebrate Eid with their families.

In April, Pakistan had released over 360 Indian fishermen in a bid to improve relations with its arch-rival.

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