Indian 'Spy' Freed After 35 Years

Trader languished in Pakistani prisons after case was forgotten
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 7:51 AM CST

(Newser) – An Indian prisoner has finally come home after spending 35 years on death row in Pakistan on spying charges, the BBC reports. Trader Kashmir Singh was greeted by his family and hundreds of well-wishers as he crossed the border back into India. "I have got a new life," he said. Pakistan's human rights minister persuaded President Pervez Musharraf to free Singh after learning of the case.

"This has shown the world that Pakistan is a humane nation," said the minister, who had to visit more than 20 jails to find where Singh was languishing. Singh's release was unconditional, but officials indicated they hoped it might persuade India to release Pakistanis in similar situations in Indian prisons. The two nations often arrest each other's citizens during times of political tension.