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India Frees 24 Pakistani Prisoners Ahead of Musharraf Visit

India has released 24 Pakistani prisoners detained for border violations.

The men, who spent between six months and 15 years in Indian jails for straying into Indian territory, were handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Wagah border crossing Thursday.

The handover comes ahead of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's visit to New Delhi to watch the final cricket match between Indian and Pakistani cricket teams.

The visit is part of efforts to improve relations between the two nuclear neighbors and establish a lasting peace in the region.

India and Pakistan often arrest villagers and fishermen for illegally entering each other's territory and territorial waters. During peace talks, which started last year, the two countries agreed to expedite the release of such prisoners.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.