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Pak frees Indian prisoner Gopal Dass

Amritsar: Indian national Gopal Dass, who has spent nearly 27 years in the Lahore Central Jail was released from Lahore jail on Thursday.

He was to India through the Attari land border here by the Pakistani government.

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Meanwhile, speaking to mediapersons Gopal Dass said, “I was sent as a spy by the Indian government.”

Expressing his frustration against Indian government Dass cautioned people against being a spy for Indian government. “The Indian government will dump you,” he added.

Dass had crossed over to Pakistan inadvertently and was arrested on charges of spying.

The Indian was sentenced to life imprisonment and was set to be released by the end of this year.

On March 27, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had remitted the remaining jail term of Dass on humanitarian grounds following an appeal by the Indian Supreme Court.

It is also seen as a reciprocal gesture by Pakistan government after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to come to India to watch the cricket World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan at Mohali.

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