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India releases 11 Pakistanis as ” goodwill gesture”

A few days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in Astana, India announced on Monday to release 11 Pakistani prisoners as goodwill gesture.

The move has been described as ‘goodwill gesture’ by the Indian authorities. Pakistan had sought the release of these prisoners as they had all served their respective sentences.

According to Indian officials, the release of prisoners is a humanitarian issue and should help to stem deterioration of relations between the neighbouring countries.

On June 5, Indian authorities had released two Pakistani children who unintentionally crossed the border, informed diplomatic sources.

Ten-year-old Babar and 12-year-old Ali Raza were handed over to the Pakistan Rangers on Wagah border – both were arrested last year for crossing the border and entering India from the Narowal border.

New Delhi released the children after receiving a legal notice and petition from the High Commission of Pakistan.

The children were scheduled to be handed over to the Pakistani authorities on April 10, however, the release was delayed after the military court`s decision on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav`s death sentence.

Both the children hail from the areas of Narowal and Sheikhupura.

Indian misadventures will get befitting reply. ISPR

MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistani troops pledged on Saturday that no Indian misadventure shall go without a befitting response, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The troops took the pledge during a visit of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa along the Line of Control (LoC) in Muzaffarabad Sector.

“Troops unreservedly shared with COAS their feelings about Indian atrocities and CFVs targeting innocent civilians and pledged that no Indian misadventure will go without a befitting response,” according to statement issued by army’s media cell.

COAS was given a detailed briefing by the local commander on the operational situation, Indian Cease Fire violation and response by Pakistani troops.

COAS appreciated their state of operational readiness, exemplary high morale and motivation for the fulfillment of assigned mission

He was also briefed on the ongoing communication infrastructure development by Frontier Works Organization.

Army shall continue to play its role in nation building projects, said COAS at the occasion.

We are aware of defence and security challenges being faced by the country, he said, adding “We are capable of defeating all threats ‘irrespective of the front’”.

COAS also hailed Kashmiris on both sides of the LOC for their determination against Indian brutalities and reiterated that Pakistan shall continue its support for right of self-determination to our Kashmiris brothers in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

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