Pakistan releases 17 Indian prisoners

Pakistan on Wednesday released 17 Indian prisoners as a gesture of good will a day ahead of the foreign secretaries meeting.


Ppi June 23, 2010

LAHORE:
Pakistan on Wednesday released 17 Indian prisoners as a gesture of good will a day ahead of the foreign secretaries scheduled meeting.


The prisoners were released through the Wagah border and handed over to the Indian border security authorities. The release has taken place ahead of the meeting between foreign secretaries of the two countries scheduled on Thursday.


Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir will be holding talks with Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao to prepare ground for the meeting of foreign ministers on July 15.


These Indian nationals were in jail for charges of overstay, smuggling and crossing of border without appropriate documents.


Talking to media before departure, the Indian prisoners said they are looking forward for the reunion with their families. They thanked Pakistani officials for their kind behaviour.

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