Pakistan lodged a diplomatic protest with India on Friday over its decision to release a man jailed over a 2007 train bombing that killed 68 people, most Pakistanis. The protest to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner, made as Pakistan celebrated the anniversary of its separation from India and independence
from Britain, comes as the two nuclear-armed rivals prepare for a high-level meeting on Aug. 23-24. That will be the first serious effort in months to improve strained relations, though the two sides have vastly different expectations. “The Government of Pakistan expects India to take steps to bring to justice all those involved in the heinous act of terrorism on the Samjhauta Express, in which 42 Pakistani innocent citizens lost their lives,” it said in a statement.