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Pakistan frees 70 women prisoners

Musharraf has amended a controversial ordinance allowing women awaiting trial on charges of adultery to qualify for bail.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 17:45 IST

Seventy women, facing trials on charges like murder and adultery, have been freed from jails in eastern Pakistan, days after Pakistan's military ruler amended a law giving them the right to be freed on bail, an official said on Tuesday.

President Pervez Musharraf on Friday amended the controversial Hudood Ordinance, allowing women awaiting trial on charges of adultery and other crimes to qualify for bail - a right previously denied.

The women were freed late yesterday and early today from jails in various cities in the eastern Punjab province, provincial prisons chief Sarfaraz Mufti said.