India releases nine Pakistani prisoners

LAHORE – The Indian government on Friday released nine Pakistani prisoners including five fishermen.

Indian authorities handed over the prisoners to the Pakistan Rangers on the Wagha border near here. The prisoners were garlanded and served sweets upon their entry into Pakistani territory.

The Rangers sources said that the prisoners had completed their imprisonment in different jails of India. The fishermen had entered India's territorial waters by mistake seven to eight months ago. They were kept in custody by India since then.

Of the four civilians, two had been in custody for eight years while the others were in India since last six to seven years. Two of the civilians reportedly traveled to India on visa and were arrested when their visas expired. The prisoners will be handed over to the Edhi Foundation and then sent to their respective families.

On Tuesday, the governments of Pakistan and India had exchanged lists of prisoners lodged in each other's respective prisons.


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