Source Pravda.Ru

India and Pakistan to set free hundreds of prisoners

India and Pakistan prepared their largest prisoner exchange since the peace process launched last year, bringing hundreds of convicts to their main border crossing to let them return home.

Border guards at the Wagah crossing were set to release 435 Indian prisoners and 152 Pakistanis, all of whom served out their sentences but languished in prisons because of the diplomatic hostility between the two countries.

The peace gesture comes ahead of a Sept. 14 meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session.

Hundreds of relatives of the prisoners assembled at a meeting spot near the "Zero Line," the main border post between the two countries. Most of them were from the border states of Jammu-Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Punjab.

In past decades, hundreds of Pakistanis and Indians have been caught on the wrong side of the border and imprisoned on suspicion of spying. Nearly all say they accidentally wandered across the poorly marked frontier.

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Friday his country was prepared to be "unilaterally lenient" in such cases in the future. "They are poor people. What are we doing spoiling their lives?" he said.

As the AP reports, Pakistan released 589 Indians last year, and India released 182 Pakistanis, as tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors eased.

On December 10, 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, its thirty articles enshrining basic and fundamental rights guaranteeing dignity of the human person and equality for all, regardless of race, color, creed or gender. A pipe dream?

Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Comments
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Ukrainian politicians and businessmen aim to visit Crimea
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
North Korea declares victory over USA
North Korea declares victory over USA
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Human Rights Day: Let us hang our heads in shame
Some ideas about North Korea
USA looking for reason to see nuclear weapons in action
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Putin makes first comment on Trump's Jerusalem decision
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels