April 12, 2011
AMRITSAR/WAGAH (Agencies) - India on Monday released 39 Pakistani prisoners, including two women, officials said, less than a week after Islamabad set free an Indian jailed in the country for 23 years.
The Pakistanis were escorted to a border transit post in the northern Indian city of Amritsar from where they left for home.
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over Pakistani prisoners to Pakistan Rangers at the Wagah joint check Post.
Indian border guard officer Lakhbir Singh said the detainees were held in eight separate prisons on charges of either overstaying their visa or illegally crossing into India. Pakistan last week released a jailed Indian national who had been held for 23 years. The move was seen as another confidence-building measure as India and Pakistan look to get their stalled peace process back on track.