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Pakistan frees 101 Indian fishermen
November 25, 2008 17:16 IST
Pakistan on Tuesday released 101 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, as a goodwill gesture as the crucial meeting between the home secretaries of the countries got underway today, which is likely to focus on setting up a mechanism to deal with the detainees.
As talks between Indian Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Kamal Shah began in
The fishermen, arrested between 2002 and 2006, were put on two buses that would take them to
He claimed hundreds of Pakistanis were languishing in Indian prisons and should be freed at the earliest. According to leading Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney, the two Indian prisoners being released had completed their prison terms.
"There are many other Indian prisoners who have completed their sentences but are still in jail. I have also taken up their case with the authorities," he said.
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