The chief minister of Indian Kashmir said on Saturday more than a dozen political prisoners would be released as part of peace moves aimed at ending a bloody revolt in the disputed region. “Nearly 18 will be released today and more will be released later on Republic Day,” Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Syed told reporters in New Delhi after meeting Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. Human rights groups say there are scores of people detained without trial in jails in Muslim-majority Kashmir. India and Pakistan have agreed to resume bilateral talks in February over a range of disputes, including Kashmir — at the heart of more than five decades of enmity and the cause of two wars. Full Story
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