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The Indian government released 39 Pakistani prisoners, including two women, as a goodwill gesture. Border guard officer Lakhbir Singh said the detainees were held in eight separate prisons on charges of either overstaying their visa or illegally crossing to India.

The Government of Pakistan decided on Monday to reciprocate the gesture by calling for the release of 89 Indian prisoners from Pakistani jails. - Photos by AFP

Indian police personnel escort Mohammad Shokat before crossing over to Pakistan.
Indian police personnel escort Mohammad Shokat before crossing over to Pakistan.
Released Pakistani prisoners Imran Khan (L), Mohammad Akram (C) Mohammad Toker (R) wave as they reach the Wagah Border Post.
Released Pakistani prisoners Imran Khan (L), Mohammad Akram (C) Mohammad Toker (R) wave as they reach the Wagah Border Post.
Ashiya (L) and Rajya (R) gesture before leaving India.
Ashiya (L) and Rajya (R) gesture before leaving India.
Pakistani prisoners cross over to Pakistan
Pakistani prisoners cross over to Pakistan
Mohammad Toker leaves the border of India.
Mohammad Toker leaves the border of India.
Mohammad Rajak Mugal (C) was sent back.
Mohammad Rajak Mugal (C) was sent back.
Mohammad Shokat (C) crosses over to Pakistan with his baggage.
Mohammad Shokat (C) crosses over to Pakistan with his baggage.
Imran Khan (L) Mohammad Akram (R) gesture as they come back to Pakistan.
Imran Khan (L) Mohammad Akram (R) gesture as they come back to Pakistan.

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yaseen
Apr 11, 2011 06:35pm
tht z the great start between two countries v pakistanis are happy with this act.thr z no difference between u nd we dear we love ur youraj as u love afridi
prasannajit
Apr 11, 2011 09:03pm
We dont love as we don't have large hearts.
Fayzan Siddiqui
Apr 11, 2011 09:48pm
Also please mention the mental health of these Pakistani. Also please mention if they were tortured.
Mohammad Rameez, Che
Apr 11, 2011 10:43pm
Stop suspecting India. Do the photographs say that the prisoners were tortured ? I am a Muslim from India...we don't face any discrimination here What u hear about India is far from reality here.
PRansnajit_2
Apr 12, 2011 08:25am
Being an Indian and following Indian media, I always see biased and negative news about Pakistan. I think Afridi was right at some point when he said we dont have big hearts. Remember the hospitality we Indians got during the last Indian tour of Pakistan. Although we won the series at their homegrounds, we got the respect and hospitality without any negative incidents and calling names. If we could have reciprocated even half of that I would have been a very proud Indian today, not that I am any less. Long live the friendship!
Sarah Farrukh
Apr 12, 2011 12:07pm
I Don't Love India or Pakistan... I Love only Humanity and Peace in both Countries....
Khalid Jamil Ansari
Apr 12, 2011 02:21pm
Excellent. I appreciate your views; we all respect to each other.
Virendra
Apr 12, 2011 03:18pm
Law is above all, but I think petty cases like over staying visa duration or inadvertently crossing border should be treated leniently. Once prison term is over, please send them home with due respect. They have suffered enough.
Iqbal
Apr 12, 2011 04:22pm
It is true we must love humanity, but it is true that 1st we are muslim then pakistan, So we should proud to be a pakistani
Amol
Apr 12, 2011 04:39pm
Excellent view!! A true Indian I must say!!!
Vinayak
Apr 12, 2011 04:43pm
Well said Sarah, If it was in my authority I should have awarded you with a Nobel prize...well said :)
Inayatullah Baloch
Apr 12, 2011 05:08pm
Your feelings are laudable as we all wants peace between the two countries
Munish Kaushik
Apr 12, 2011 05:52pm
A world without borders, Sarah, sure, that's the way to go. Really appreciate your views.
Khano
Apr 12, 2011 06:09pm
I totally agree, we need to work and live in peace for better mankind and help raise standard of living including education instead of spending on arms which only benfits & flurishes arms manufacturing countries of the world.
suneal
Apr 12, 2011 06:15pm
And that is the voice of my brother
Satish Raina
Apr 12, 2011 10:16pm
May your tribe grow and flourish, not only in Pakistan but all over this planet. Trust me, eventually there will be only one religion, and that shall be the religion of Humanity and Universal Brotherhood. Bless you young lady, you have a glorious future.
maynotmatter
Apr 12, 2011 10:35pm
Indeed a good start. Someday wishfully in my life time I see India and Pakistan have no borders and two culturally alike people will live with each other in harmony. I would love to see people from India and Pakistan visiting each other and celebrate traditionally common festivals together, watch cricket together, enjoy movie together, and enjoy the food together. Amin :)
masood
Apr 13, 2011 11:36am
gud to hear
Naveed
Apr 13, 2011 11:40pm
50,000 years of shared history can not be hidden behind a 60 year old border! Long live our people and culture.