LAHORE - Pakistan released 337 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen, on Saturday as a goodwill gesture to improve ties between the two neighbours. The prisoners detained for straying into Pakistani waters over the past two years, were allowed to go home through Wagah Border. On the other hand, the efforts by Pakistan to improve relations with India have been undermined by a series of clashes that began this month along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan and India were one country in past, they should compromise with each other and live peacefully," said fisherman Kailash Nathu, 17, who was heading home after being arrested in January.

Another fisherman, Shabbir Usman, said India should now release Pakistani prisoners. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is about to meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the United Nations next month and this release would improve ties in this regard.