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Pakistan releases Indian prisoner after 31 years

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 28 June 2012
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June 28, 2012

An Indian man has been released after spending more than three decades in a Pakistani jail on allegations of spying for Pakistan's rival India.

Surjeet Singh, 69, was arrested in 1981 and held in a jail in the eastern city of Lahore.

Recently, Pakistani legal system officials said Singh had completed a life term and should be sent back to India.

Authorities in Pakistan and India often arrest each other's nationals, accusing them of being spies after they cross land or maritime borders.

Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India have fought three wars since the division of the subcontinent in 1947.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and

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