Surjeet Singh to be released; efforts continue for Sarabjit
Law Minister Farooq H. Naik has signed a summary for the release of the Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh and forwarded it to the Interior Ministry with instructions to immediately release the Indian prisoner as he has completed his jail term.
Surjeet Singh, a BSF sepoy, was arrested in 1982 on charges of espionage. A military court had awarded him the death sentence. Then military dictator Gen. Zial ul Haq did not act on the mercy petition, but later then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan commuted his death sentence to life imprisonment. Surjeet Singh, despite having completed his life sentence in 2004, making his ongoing detention a case of illegal confinement.
India last month unprecedentedly allowed Pakistani scientist Dr Khalil Chishty, convicted for murder, to return to Pakistan on bail.
Meanwhile, efforts continue for the release of Sarabjit Singh, 49, who has been languishing in Pakistani jail since 1990 after being sentenced to death for involvement in bomb blasts in Multan and Lahore. The name nominated on the FIR was Manjeet Singh.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had requested President Asif Ali Zardari during his visit to New Delhi to release the Sarabjit Singh.
Retired Indian Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju had also sent an appeal to President Zardari that was widely published. He had pointed out that the principal witness Shaukat Salim had retracted his statement which he said was given under police pressure.
"The other evidence was of Sarjit's alleged confession, but everyone knows how confessions are obtained in our countries (by third degree methods)," he said. "At any event, 21 years in death row with a Damocles' sword hanging over one's head is enough to drive anyone mad. Is this punishment (even assuming he was guilty) not enough?"
Pakistan releases 315
Pakistan has freed 315 Indian fishermen who have completed their sentences. The released prisoners will leave District Jail Malir, Karachi, on June 27, 2012 morning in air-conditioned buses for an 800+ miles road journey from Karachi to Wagah Border near Lahore, arriving at around 11 am on June 28, 2012. Police will escort the buses to until the released prisoners are handed over to the Indian authorities. They are being accompanied by a representative of the Committee for Welfare of Prisoners headed by Justice (rtd) Nasir Aslam Zahid.
We welome this step but hope that the authorities soon come to an agreement so that innocent fishermen are not arrested and incarcerated simply for crossing the invisible maritime border. Also, we wonder why the prisoners can't be sent directly to Mumbai from Karachi via ferry. Furthermore, isn't it time to restore the ferry service, as an inexpensive way of travel between the two cities?
Every Step Counts
Commemorating Allama Iqbal: Marathon
from Amritsar to Lahore
"On November 9, 2012, to commemorate the birth of Mohammad Iqbal, the National poet of Pakistan who gave us the beautiful song Sare Jahan Sey Acha, we will run from the Golden Temple in Amritsar to the Tomb of Iqbal near the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, a distance of just over 50 km," says the Facebook Event page - http://on.fb.me/LAvZxY.
"Why are we doing this? Because as we look for peace between our two countries, EVERY STEP COUNTS," says Swaminathan Subramaniam who initiated the event. The marathon will start on Nov 9, and end on Nov 11 when the runners return to India in order to be home for Diwali on November 13, 2012.
Walid Iqbal, the grandson of the great poet Iqbal, has sent a message of support to the organizers, wishing them luck and hoping that "the symbolism of this event in terms of promoting peaceful coexistence between the two countries is properly highlighted, and makes a constructive contribution towards resolution of our long standing disputes by peaceful means."
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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The News on Sunday Special Report: India Pakistan prisoners more editions
We probably didn't need to do this Special Report. Newspaper stories don't matter when it comes to Indians in Pakistani jails and vice versa. In fact, 'vice versa' sums it up. We do to them what they do to us.
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