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Freed Pak prisoners reach home

All but one of 67 Pakistani prisoners freed by India as a humanitarian gesture on Tuesday crossed over the border at the Wagah check post.

world Updated: Dec 30, 2008 18:50 IST

All but one of 67 Pakistani prisoners freed by India as a humanitarian gesture on Tuesday crossed over the border at the Wagah check post.

One prisoner, who was in Delhi, could not travel to Wagah in Punjab due to bad weather and fog and is expected to be repatriated on Wednesday, TV channels reported.

Among the prisoners who were freed were nine Pakistani nationals who had completed their jail terms. The 58 others, including some elderly persons, women and children, were recently arrested for visa forgery, a serious crime under Indian laws.

The Indian government withdrew the charges against these prisoners on humanitarian grounds, said a statement from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.