Release Sarabjeet Singh, Krishna requests Pakistan

Published: June 27, 2012

Sarabjeet was sentenced to death by an ATC for involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in '80s, '90s. PHOTO: AFP

Sarabjeet was sentenced to death by an ATC for involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in '80s, '90s. PHOTO: AFP Sarabjeet was sentenced to death by an ATC for involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in '80s, '90s. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Following the release of Dr Khalil Chishty, Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna has renewed India’s request for the immediate release of Sarabjeet Singh along with all other Indian nationals who have completed their prison terms, ndtv.com reported on Wednesday.

“As you are aware, the government of India has consistently urged the government of Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view in the case of Sarabjeet Singh,” said Krishna while talking to the media.

Along with a request for the release of Sarabjeet, the Indian minister requested the release of other Indian nationals in Pakistani prisons as well.

“I also appeal to the government of Pakistan to release all Indian nationals who have completed their prison term and request the release of all other Indians who are serving jail sentences in Pakistan prisons,” he said.

Sarabjeet was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court for his involvement in a string of deadly bombings in Punjab in the ’80s and beginning of the ’90s.

All pleas for clemency have thus far been rejected in Sarabjeet’s case – which has been taken up by not only the Indian government but by rights activists on humanitarian grounds.

After the rejection of several mercy petitions in the past, he moved a fresh plea with President Asif Ali Zardari. His fifth and final petition carried the signatures of 100,000 Indians.

Earlier, the release of an Indian national named Sarjeet Singh – who had been in Pakistani custody for over 30 years serving life imprisonment – had been misreported as the release of Sarabjeet Singh.

Reader Comments (27)

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:39PM

    That guy is a Bomber and a killer of more than 20 Pakistanis and now Indians are saying that Release an Indian who killed innocent Pakistanis???. India is not an Israel and Pakistan is not a Palestine that whatever India thinks will be implemented here. Dr Khalil was not a Spy and a Bomber and a killer of scores of people like Singh. In my view Singh should be hanged till death. Like Ajmal Kasab needs death Penalty in India similarly Sarbjeet Singh should be Prosecuted in Pakistan.

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  • SK
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:42PM

    Mr. Krishna, would you appreciate if Pak govt asked you to free up Ajmal Qasab even though there still is the difference between the two as Sarbajeet is the one who confessed to be state sponsored terrorist whereas Ajmal acted on his own without any involvement of pak govt…..
    if you actually want terrorism to vanish you should support Pak govt for his execution

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  • SK
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:43PM

    please don’t compare a terrorist to a scholar

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Krishna,

    Sarabjeet was convicted without an iota of concrete evidence and solely based on forced confessions.

    It was done with an insidious plan to achieve three things.

    1) malign India

    2) protect the rogue strategic assets who were actually responsible for the bombings.

    3) find a scapegoat who would be universally hated within Pakistan and which would elevate the secret services’ images.

    Now, you expect them to release him? Be real.

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  • Faraz
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Ridiculous demand from Indian. Just imagine Pakistan requesting release of Ajmal Kasaab, would India comply? I think it is absurd to ask for a release of a proven terrorist.

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  • Syed Faisal Imam
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:01PM

    *if the person is guilty of taking innocent lives,he deserves to be hanged.
    Lives are lives,be they Pakistani or Indian.
    Why has he been allowed to live so long if he was guilty?

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  • MAD
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Oh we will release him all right. in a casket

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  • Anon..
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Would you release Ajmal Kasab and similar terrorists? No right? So neither should we release Sarabjit Singh, keep your terrorists and we’ll keep ours.

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  • pakistani
    Jun 27, 2012 - 4:05PM

    you want mumbai attackers convicted
    but cant bear any indian convicted for bombing in pakistan…hypocrites!Recommend

  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Jun 27, 2012 - 4:07PM

    then plz release Ajmal.

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  • Jun 27, 2012 - 4:30PM

    No.. Never…

    Release Digvijay Singh first from Indian side then only we will release Sarabjeet Singh (what an alcohlic name, Sarab).

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  • Adnan
    Jun 27, 2012 - 4:31PM

    As a goodwill measure, its MY opinion that he should be released. Dr Chisty was released by India to facilitate the ongoing peace process and Pakistan should be doing the same.

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  • Mahendra
    Jun 27, 2012 - 4:31PM

    If someone is guilty, he should be hanged, but if not, he should be released on humanitarian ground…some people living in jaisalmer area sometimes do not know the exact border line and may step on other’s land, and are caught up and put into jails..which is ridiculous, such people can be identified even by their face and way they plead. they should atleast be not pushed into jails.
    If one side does this..other side does in retaliation..which is bad…for all being human..try to understand..

    kasab can not be compared with common man…

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  • roma
    Jun 27, 2012 - 4:45PM

    zardari seems to be a reasonable person

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  • Jun 27, 2012 - 5:03PM

    Krishna ji please take a leaf out of american’s book and dont request, just make an offer.
    remember raymond davis?

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  • Zaid
    Jun 27, 2012 - 5:15PM

    We will ask Kasab in return !

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jun 27, 2012 - 5:16PM

    @Anon..:

    Would you release Ajmal Kasab and
    similar terrorists?

    Equating Sarabjeet Singh with Kasab and Bal Thackeray with Hafiz Saeed, Pakistanis genuinely seem to lack a sense of scale.

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  • mastindian
    Jun 27, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @all saying that poor innocent farmer a terrorist who suffered 20+ years

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBGehdtVxwI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbRpFE7s92k

    Any pakistani willing to comment ??

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  • Critical
    Jun 27, 2012 - 5:43PM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    Hahahaha….Nice one

    If you really need Digvijay Singh,I would volunteer to pay for the one-way flight ticket to Islamabad…..Recommend

  • expat
    Jun 27, 2012 - 5:57PM

    indians never satisfied with what they get.

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  • bilal
    Jun 27, 2012 - 7:55PM

    let’s start a new story. Release everyone in which ever prison they are.. let’s start a new story with peace and love and show the world how we can defeat the world when two powers combine together.

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  • Vigilant
    Jun 27, 2012 - 9:24PM

    Should we listen to Mr. Krishna???…….a BIG NO

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  • Cynical
    Jun 27, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @bilal

    Great idea.But I doubt if there will be any takers on either side of the border.
    The current lot of leaders (in both countries) are mere politician, not visionary statesman.

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  • Anon..
    Jun 27, 2012 - 10:07PM

    @Yuri
    Ofcourse you would say that. What your Home Minister says is word of God what ours say is irrelevant. It is exactly this kind of unequal attitude that gets in the way of normalizing ties. Dont forget that India held Dr Khalil without proper charge for many years before finally releasing him on bail, atleast here in pak despite all our problems, we have subjected Sarabjit Singh to due process of law, he was found guilty and sentenced accordingly.
    I think the Sarabjit Singh cases is a good illustration of the hypocrite attitude being displayed here. We are releasing surjeet singh someone who passed more time than sarabjit and hence more deserving than sarabjit of release. Yet as usual what we get in return is the usual display of ingratitude from the other side!

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  • An Indian
    Jun 27, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Dear friends it’s not That india is trying to pursue the release of sarbajeet just like that… It’s a proven fact that sarbajeet was forced into the confession that he had made..
    There has been no concrete evidence that he was guilty and many believe that he was made scapegoat. On the other Side ajmaal kasab was guilty with enough proof and evidence to support that.
    Well I am sure that india must have made many mistakes in handling the critical situation with the Pakistan but we need to forget and look forward, no past can be rewritten but future can be.. Let’s look into make two countries like the European unions and work on being successful states..
    This was my say, love you all..

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  • ZooZoo
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:45AM

    This drama will soon become a cause of our national mockery. It will be taken as a living testimony that civilian government of Pakistan works under the dictation of ISI and Pak Fauj.

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  • usmanx
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:25AM

    How about this? we give you hafiz saeed, you give us modi?

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