LAHORE: Indian authorities released 27 Pakistani prisoners, including two women, who reached the country through the Wagah border on Friday.
Most prisoners were found to be mentally disturbed as many had been languishing in Indian jails for the past many years.
Indian security agencies had arrested them on allegations of overstaying in the country against the allowed period allowed in their visas or misplacing their visas. Majority of the prisoners had inadvertently crossed over.
One of the prisoners Sohail Shahzad of Bahawalpur had remained behind bars for 21 years. This is the longest period a Pakistani has been imprisoned in India, according to human rights organisations.