Pakistan releases Indian prisoners as it strives to improve ties
WAGAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan released 337 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen, on Saturday, in the latest sign that Pakistan's new government wants to improve rocky ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
But the push by Pakistan's civilian government to improve relations with India has been undermined by a series of clashes that began this month along their border dividing the disputed Kashmir region.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says better relations with India are key to restoring a flagging economy, but it is Pakistan's military that traditionally sets foreign and security policies, even during periods of civilian rule.
The prisoners, including fishermen detained for straying into what Pakistan sees as its waters over the past two years, were allowed to go home through the Wagah border crossing, between the Pakistani city of Lahore and India's Amritsar.