After 27 yrs in Pak jail, Indian to walk free

Amritsar: Indian national Gopal Dass, who has spent nearly 27 years in the Lahore Central Jail, will be a free man Thursday.

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.

He will be repatriated to India through the Attari land border here by the Pakistani government.

He would be set free by Pakistani officials at the Attari border, Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu said.

The district administration has informed the family of Dass about his repatriation.

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.