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September 16, 2010

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India sets 25 Pakistani prisoners free

India sets 25 Pakistani prisoners free
LAHORE: The Indian government released 25 Pakistani prisoners -- seven fishermen and 18 civilians -- and handed them over to the Pakistani authorities at the Wahga border on Wednesday. The Indian BSF officials handed over the prisoners to the Pakistan Rangers after checking their documents.
With the Foreign Office personnel also present, Wing Commander Wahga Colonel Sher Khan welcomed the prisoners on the Zero line. Later, the law enforcement agencies also questioned the prisoners. Strict security arrangements were made on the occasion.
The released prisoners stated that they had already served their sentences given by the Indian Supreme Court. They had different charges against them, including illegal border crossing, over-staying and fake currency notes.
The families of the prisoners and civil society members were also present to receive their beloved ones. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with their demands. They said that both the countries should exchange the prisoners held on minor charges.
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