Geelani hails release of prisoners by India, Pakistan

Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday hailed
the goodwill gesture by India and Pakistan to release prisoners from their respective
jails and called for use of such measures as permanent feature of relations
between the two countries.

Thirteen Pakistani nationals, including four fishermen, were
repatriated to Pakistan on Tuesday through the Attari-Wagah border.

Last month, Pakistan released 55 Indian fishermen and five
civilians as a “goodwill gesture”.

“The mutual well-wishing (steps) in the month of holy
Ramadhan should be a permanent feature of the bilateral relations of the two
countries,” Geelani said in a statement.

The separatist leader hoped that as important parties to the
Kashmir dispute, “India and Pakistan should use these gestures to release
all the prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, languishing in Indian

The Hurriyat leader reiterated his stand that Kashmir is
“purely political and humanitarian problem” which is in dire need of
an early resolution for a prosperous South Asia.

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