From KO Archives | Musharraf Frees Indian Prisoners

Islamabad- Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf ordered the release on Tuesday of 31 Indian Sikhs detained in illegal entry and also recommended that captive Indian fishermen be freed, a foreign ministry official said.

Musharraf made the goodwill gesture during a meeting with senior members of two Indian communist parties, Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jiliani said.

NDTV news channel reported that Musharraf had ordered the release of 200 Indian civilians held in Pakistani prisons, but J i 1 Ian i said he did not know the exact number.

Jillani said the president had ordered the release of 31 young Sikhs who had crossed into Pakistan from Iran.

He said 2&6 Indian fishermen had been released last month, and that authorities were awaiting confirmation from the Indian High Commission that other detained fishermen were indeed Indian before freeing them.

The president said Pakistan and India should not unnecessarily detain each other’s fishermen," Jillani said after Musharraf met the delegation led by Harkishan Singh Surjeet, head of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

 (Kashmir Observer, 04 March, 2005)

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