The next day on November 4th, the Musharraf government cut a deal with insurgents in northwestern Pakistan who released 211 soldiers of the Pak army in exchange for release of 28 militants in government custody held on charges of terrorist activity and suicide bombings.
Observers in Pakistan noted the contrast.
Pakistani rebels release 211 soldiers
INTERVIEWER (SUBTITLED TRANSLATION): Do you have any message for the people of Pakistan?
MAJOR ATIQ, PAKISTANI ARMY: No, I don’t have any messages. All I want to say is that this difficult time has ended happily. Now we are happy that this period is over.