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A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan has been acquitted and released after a deal to pay "blood money" to the victims' families was reached, punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said.
The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic stand-off between Pakistan and the United States, which denies it was involved in any payment.
"The court first indicted him but the families later told court that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," Mr Sanaullah said.
"The court acquitted him in the murder case."
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