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25 April 2024

Indian man freed by Pakistan after 35 years in prison for spying crosses border

By Agencies



An Indian man returned home Tuesday after spending 35 years in Pakistani prisons, most of them on death row, on a spying conviction.

Kashmir Singh, who is about 60 years old, was released Monday from a prison in the eastern city of Lahore after being granted clemency by President Pervez Musharraf. Singh spent the night in a luxury hotel before being driven 25 kilometres (15 miles) to Wagah, the border crossing between Pakistan and India.

The white-bearded and bald Singh walked to the border, accompanied by Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney, who helped secure his release. Singh hugged Burney for a long time, and turned around to wave at scores of journalists and onlookers before stepping across. (AP)