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India releases 11 Pakistani prisoners

The Pakistani prisoners at the Wagah Border near Amritsar on June 12. Photograph: (ANI)

Reuters Attari, Punjab, India Jun 12, 2017, 03.16 PM (IST)

Amid ongoing tensions between the two nations, India on Monday (June 12) released 11 Pakistani prisoners in a goodwill gesture.

The move came days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the Shenghai Corporation Organization Summit in Kazakhstan capital, Astana.

The released prisoners, who had completed their sentence in Indian jails, were repatriated through the Attari-Wagah border in northern Punjab state.

The prisoners said they were relieved and happy to go back to their native country.

A released prisoner, Mohammad Ismail said the two nations should reach a compromise and release each other's nationals languishing in their respective jails.

Another, Mohammed Javed said: "The two countries have fought for long. They should stop fighting and free (Indian and Pakistani) prisoners (in each other's jails). Both nations should live peacefully as both have to live together."

Tensions have been running high between the two neighbours amid a spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltrations.

Relations between India and Pakistan worsened after a raid in September on an Indian military base in Uri by Kashmiri fighters where at least 18 soldiers were killed.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence in 1947.

Ties have been particularly tense since the 2008 attacks on Mumbai blamed by India on Pakistan-based militants.

(This article has not been edited by WION's editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed

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