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Pakistan frees 55 Indians for Independence Day

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 15 August 2012
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August 15, 2012

Pakistan has released dozens of Indian prisoners as a goodwill gesture to mark its independence from former British India.

The move saw the release of around 55 Indian fisherman, who were bused to the eastern city of Lahore, from where they crossed the border to India.

The move comes as ties between the nuclear-armed rivals have steadily improved.

Last year, the neighbors resumed their tentative peace process, which collapsed after gunmen from Pakistan killed 166 people in Mumbai in November 2008.

Pakistan, which formally gained independence from British India on August 14, 1947, has fought three wars with arch-enemy India, including two over the disputed region of Kashmir.

Based on reporting by AFP and India Today

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