Mistaken identity: Surjeet, not Sarabjeet Singh to be released

Published: June 26, 2012
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Surjeet Singh has completed his life term after his death sentence was commuted to a life term in 1989. PHOTO: FILE

Surjeet Singh has completed his life term after his death sentence was commuted to a life term in 1989. PHOTO: FILE

Surjeet Singh has completed his life term after his death sentence was commuted to a life term in 1989. PHOTO: FILE Sarabjeet Singh was earlier reported to have been granted a release having been condemned to death for his involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Presidency late on Tuesday issued a clarification that contrary to earlier reports, President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered for Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh to be released, Express News reported.

It had earlier been reported that Indian spy, Sarabjeet Singh, who was sentenced to death on September 15, 1991 on allegations that he was involved in three bomb blasts in Lahore and one in Multan, would not be sent to the gallows, and may be instead be released after his sentence was commuted to a life term.

However, the Presidential spokespeson Senator Farhatullah Babar confirmed that the Indian prisoner being released was Surjeet Singh, whose death penalty had been commuted to life term by former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1989. His release orders were issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice since Surjeet had served his 22 year life term.

Surjeet Singh, alias Makhan Singh has been imprisoned since October 31, 1985 being convicted and sentenced to death under section 59-PAA by the commanding officer of the 106 Brigade Headquarter, Lahore Cantt. He had submitted his mercy petition before the chief of army staff which was rejected, but carried comments that the plea ought to be forwarded to the President of Pakistan.

The mercy petition was subsequently forwarded to then president of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan on December 24, 1985 but during the pendency of the mercy petition, a general amnesty to all condemned prisoners was granted.

Hence Surjeet Singh’s sentence was commuted from death to life imprisonment in compliance with orders of the president of Pakistan and from December 8, 1988, he has been treated as a prisoner serving a life term. In all, the information and correspondence with the Punjab secretary home, and inspector general of prisons Punjab his status is mentioned as a prisoner convicted for life.

Surjeet Singh’s sentence had expired on October 30, 2010 but in light of direction of GHQ his mercy petition was referred to the president.

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  • Mazi
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:00PM

    Mr. President, What About Dr. Afia? Give Shakeel Afridi to USA and demand Dr. Aafia release.

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  • Zeta
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Why are we releasing this convicted indian terrorist and spy responsible for 14 deaths in Lahore and Multan? This is outrageous decision.

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  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:01PM

    ‘Let see what they do with Ajmal

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  • Syed
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:02PM

    I am confused, changed death sentence to life imprisonment yet it also mentions immediate release? I don’t know too much about this case but if they are really sure that this guy was involved in those crimes then he really should be punished.

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  • BlackJack
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:03PM

    President Zardari has been great for Indo-Pak relations, and this move will win the hearts of the average Indian in a way that an MFN status could not. Respect.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Respect for the President.!!

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  • Anti-everything
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Pakistan is under extreme pressure from India after the arrest of Abu Jandal.

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  • Khan
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @Zeta:
    Please have some knowledge about the case before commenting. The guy mistakenly crossed over and was beaten to confess .. one of the so called witness later on retracted his statement saying he was forced to name Sarabjit by the police.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:09PM

    Zardari have to answer for the blood of Pakistanis lost . At that time i was at St. Anthony’s and i loosed a school mate , when our Principal’s LC Roth announced in the assembly that we lost one our school mate in the bomb blast at Lohari gate. We are weak , why do not we accept this …. its a sin to show yourself a strongest nation . sorry

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:09PM

    One Good Move by Zardari! appreciated. Please sign an agreement between India & Pakistan not to buy any kind of arms from US, Russia, China, France…

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  • Faheem
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Sarabjeet Singh! I hope you must be ashamed of what you have done to the poor and innocent people. We must learn from our mistakes so I hope you will tell your fellows that this conflict is taking us nowhere. And I hope you will deliver a pro India-Pakistan friendship speech on your arrival.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @BaBa Blacksheep:
    Ajmal who? Ajmal Qasab?
    Look! we don’t want that terrorist back, okay? Granted, he’s a Pakistani, but that just doesn’t mean we’d support every Pakistani. I want that terrorist to be sent to gallows as soon as possible.. Indian authorities should/must make an example of him!

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Mr president keeps us reminding every now and then what a grave mistake we did by electing PPP.

    democracy is the best revenge :)

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  • Khan
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @Syed:
    life imprisonment has different durations with a minimum period of around 12 years in some countries .. He has already spent more than 21 years in prison thus if his life imprisonment is for 21 years then its spent time and free to go.
    @BaBa Blacksheep:
    That guy was caught red handed .. on the other hand this guy was beaten up by police to confess to something that most probably he never did. Imagine spending half of your life under the bars without any sin.

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Ok,now Indians should also release Ajmal Qasab.

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Sarabjeet for Dr Chishty give and take let us hope it extends to other areas .

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  • Someone
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Pakistani Hindu: Sarabjit is a terrorist responsible for deaths. Why double standards?

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:28PM

    @ Khan: President’s Zardari’s unpopularity is his biggest strength. He does not have to concern himself with public opinion. Welcome news, what the judicial system did to this guy was ridiculous. Has been in Jail for 22 years waiting to be hanged, I guess our genius judiciary did not realize that he was suppose to be hanged before completing 1.5 life sentences. I am happy for his family and hope Indians show reciprocity & help move away from 62 years of lunacy….

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  • Cough
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:29PM

    @Khan: “The guy mistakenly crossed over”. Pardon my ignorance, but how does an Indian “mistakenly cross over” into Lahore? Would like to hear your story.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:33PM

    @Someone:
    What double standards man?
    The article above says he was punished on mere allegations.. Where does it say that he killed Pakistanis?

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:36PM

    @Zaikam:
    @BaBa Blacksheep:
    Khalil Chishty for Sarabjeet Singh. Even exchange deal.

    Now, Hafiz for Ajmal. Deal can be done in 9 Seconds.

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  • Syed
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:38PM

    I am not sure exactly what happened in 1990 bombing, not sure if this guy was involved or not. But there is no doubt that ajmal kasab was invovlved in mumbai massacre. I am a Pakistani and I don’t believe he should be released. You kill one innocent and you should also die. Kasab was there killing the innocent and every sane Pakistani should demand justice.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @ All those who think Sarabjeet was involved in Bomb Blasts in Pakistan: I am astonished at the comments. How come Pakistani justice system was so efficient in case of Sarabjeet and could nail him with full confidence ? How come the same Pakistani courts have not been able to convict other Pakistani terrorists who have been killing Pakistanis every other day?

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  • bangash
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Good decision by Zardari.

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  • Salb Ali
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:45PM

    I appreciate this effort by Zardari.

    He is like childhood person who use to say … “Lerai Lerai Maaf Kero … Ghar ki dash saaf kero”… Take whatever meaning you want to take but atleast its good decision for humainity

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  • Someone
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @Pakistani Hindu: The allegations are backed up with evidence. A more relevant question should be what was he doing in Pakistan, not why is he convicted. You need to come out of this mindset of defending terrorists.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:47PM

    An innocent man, no proof ( not even close to concrete proof by Pakistani standards ) presented against him, was held for more than 20 years. Its a shame.
    However, this decision , may not endear Mr Zardari to the right wing constituency and is a courageous decision by Pakistan standards. So congratulations.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 7:56PM

    This Indian raw terrorist should not be freed, on the other hand Dr. Chisti was innocent

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  • raghavsacchar
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:58PM

    pakistanis are not doing some charity here , convicted dr.chishti was released as a good gesture so that pakistanis could show the same .

    however sarabjeet Was a case of Mistaken Identity,he was not a criminal still held by pakistanis for 20yrs .

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sarabjit-lawyer-to-seeks-reopening-case-after-manjeets-arrest/728067/

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  • Terror in India
    Jun 26, 2012 - 7:59PM

    The guy is being released as a courtesy, that does not by any mean override his conviction and the fact that he is a terrorist. People should not take his release as meaning that the charges he was convicted for have also been dropped.

    In reply to this sign of friendship, now India should free Ajmal Kasab, and as a sign of courtesy, hand over to Pakistan the Indian terrorist and killer Shrikant Purohit who was responsible for blowing up the Samjhauta train.Recommend

  • Abdul
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Please guys, let’s not compare this terrorist with Dr. Chishty. There is no comparison between a lifelong struggler and hero (Dr. Chishty) with a convicted terrorist. For the respect of Dr. Chishty, this comparison is an insult.

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @ raghavasacchar Dr. Chishty was not pardoned, his case is pending in the SC of India. The reason why the SC allowed him to return to Pakistan which I must say is unprecedented is because they trusted his integrity to return back to India to defend himself…

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 8:09PM

    Please stop comparing anyone with…whats her name err Dr. Afia. She is NOT ‘dukhtar-e-Pakistan’ whatever else she may be. She is just a political gimmick.

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  • Romm
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Question for all, who are appreciating release of an Indian terrorist!

    can u umagin Qasab being released by Indian President????
    Dr Chishti was involved in murdering his relative on some domestic issue, not convicted on charges of terrorism.
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  • india for peace
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:15PM

    To everyone who think name is sarabjeet singh first of all i want to tell his real name is jaljit singh.if u have some proof then give to india or anything or pics,bt u have nothing.In case of ajmal we hav real pics of ajmal with gun….so don’t think for kasab.Recommend

  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @raghavsacchar – Last time we sent Gopal Das, the first thing he revealed was that he was a RAW agent and was not very happy with how they handled his case. I hope this does not turn out to be the case again. In any case it is a welcome decision, it is insane how our judicial system and politician’s have handled this case. Hats off to President Zardari…

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @Someone:
    I am defending terrorists? And what are you doing here? Recommend

  • raghavsacchar
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @YA

    LOL these cases were in limelight and due to governmental efforts he was sent back.

    Sources said Dr Chishty’s case was
    discussed at the lunch meeting between
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
    Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
    during the latter’s one-day India
    visit on Sunday. Pakistani officials
    have urged India to set Dr Chishty
    free, sources said
    . President
    Zardari’s was on a private visit to
    the Ajmer shrine, with a diplomatic
    stopover in New Delhi.

    Source:NDTV

    you must know that chisty was a CONVICTED murderer ,in 2010 he was awarded life-imprisonment for murder..

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  • Mirza
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:24PM

    The elected govt is creating frienship between the two countries by these small steps and building confidence and mutual respect. Let us hope the deep state and its touts do not start the war mongering. Let us keep moving in the positive direction and for the betterment and progress of Pakistan. We have been on a policy of hatred (both countries) now give peace and love a chance. This is a must for the progress of Pakistan.

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @raghavsacchar, Let see what the SC of India has to say I think you would agree they are in a better position to comment than NDTV:

    Part of the SC judgement: ” Taking note of all these aspects particularly his age and academic qualification and this Court has already granted bail and his present stay at Ajmer, we
    intend to consider his application.
    Inasmuch as we have posted the appeal for final disposal on 20th November, 2012, we permit him to visit his country, namely, Pakistan and return back to India positively by 1st November, 2012″

    You can find the full judgement @ the SC website… Sarabjit has merely benefited from the current situation, and we are happy for him, and I hope this trend continues….

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  • Butt
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Release of Sarabjeet Singh is by no means a favour to India. It was a Govt-toGovt. deal for Sarabjeet Singh and Dr Chishty. Also releasing Mr. Singh does not reflect that Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari is singing like a canary.

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  • Mohammd Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:45PM

    The blood of an Indian National (Sarabjeet Singh) who was involved and convicted by the court in Pakistan in terrorists activities is more costly then the blood of many innocent Pakistanis who died due to subversive activities and number of bomb blasts in Pakistan.

    This is the way forward to achieve the goal of “Amn Ki Aasha”.

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  • raghavsacchar
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:50PM

    @YA

    let me clear some of my points

    1.In my personal opinion he will not return back
    2.sarabjeet was not a criminal as was chishty
    3.court ordered only due to indian govermental appeal after pakistanis asked for his release as you know we have a system that works and co–ordinates unlike some other countries :)

    it is good that these things continue but fact is fact

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  • Deeds
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Dr Chishti’s was only present at the murder scene and he got arrested because he was a Pakistani. The murder was not an act of terror but a family fued gone bad at his hosts place.
    On the other hand… Sarabjit was sentenced by the court of law for terrorism… bomb blasts to be exact!

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  • Zeta
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Sarabjit by the police.

    Sarabjit by the police.> @Khan: Please have some knowledge

    about the case before commenting. The
    guy mistakenly crossed over and was
    beaten to confess .. one of the so
    called witness later on retracted his
    statement saying he was forced to name
    Sarabjit by the police.Sarabjit by the police.

    Sarabjit by the police.

    Me have some knowledge? What proof do you have that he was innocent crosser?. Just a statement by unnamed witness. There is his own video confession of his involvement in terrorism in Pakistan.

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  • Zeta
    Jun 26, 2012 - 8:57PM

    and btw please dont make lame comparisn with Dr. chisti and terrorist Sarabjeet. Dr. Chisti was involved in domestic crime while Sarabjeet is convicted terrorist and spy

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:00PM

    @raghavsacchar I agree with your last statement however for the rest of them, I would have to respectfully ask you to check your facts again.
    1) Sarabjit has been release because his sentenced was commuted to life which he had already served.
    2) Dr. Chishty’s case is still in court under appeal so saying that he is a criminal would be unfair as the case is under review with the SC of India and if they thought there was no merit in the case they could have simply rejected it, not granted him bail and then allowed to visit Pakistan.
    3) I do agree partly with your 3rd point however don’t forget it took 19 year for the session court in Ajmer to give a verdict against Dr. Chishty.

    I do think its a good day and we should all be happy rather than discussing our differences…. There would be ample opportunity for that

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  • Abdul Rahman Khan
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Convicted indian terrorist’s release is most unfortunate. He was convicted for his crime of killing fourteen pakistanis in 1991. Why his execution was held in abeyance for twentyone years. Such discretionary powers of President should be rescinded and those found guilty should not be spared gallows. One big question- WHO IS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DEATH OF FOURTEEN INNOCENT PAKISTANIS KILLED BY AN INDIAN TERRLRIST ON PAKISTANI SOIL?

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  • antanu g
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Khan:
    How do you know he was beaten to confess? You are talking the methods of our own indian law enforcement agencies…at least pakistanis learned some lessons from their big brother if your claim is true.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 9:13PM

    Shame on our Government.
    They are releasing a terrorist who had admitted his involvement in bomb attacks in Pakistan and we are going to release him.
    Was his action of bomb attack a human one?
    Absolutely not. So why we are releasing him because to humanity.
    Had we forgotten that we previously released an Indian Terrorist who proudly admitted his activities after returning to India? And give a big slap to us.

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  • antanu g
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:14PM

    @Rajendra Kalkhande:
    same way…that Samjhauta Express blast culprits are not yet convicted and Ajmal Kassab has been convicted. Legal system on both side of the borders is same.inefficient….irregular. Did not you read the comment made by a justice while announcing punishment to a DU professor in Delhi Blast Case….it read “….Though there is no solid proof of his involvement, we must hang him to passify the public sentiments…” thats it. And that gentleman is awaiting for gallows in Tihar jail. I am not implying that he is innocent…but just reflecting upon our judicial system. None of us can claim to be HOLIER THAN THOU..no way.

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  • Jun 26, 2012 - 9:21PM

    @Zeta:
    and btw please dont make lame comparisn with Dr. chisti and terrorist Sarabjeet. Dr. Chisti was involved in domestic crime while Sarabjeet is convicted terrorist and spy

    And Dr. Chisti’s case is still not decided. He is not a criminal, he is alleged. So there’s a big difference between Dr Chisti and Terrorist Sarbajeet Singh.

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @ Black Shaheen,Gopal Das had served most of his sentence, was released approx 6 months before his sentence was over, my opinion is that President Zardari was dead on with his decision. For the case of Sarabjit Singh he has served almost 2 life sentences, he was not pardoned, his sentence was commuted. He was not given two life sentences but rather death by hanging, considering he was not hanged for 22 years it only makes sense what President Zadari did. How many times are we going to punish him, we keep on following this foolish trend, and we are soon to become a sadist society…

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Oh God he killed 14 ppl. If this was deal to get Chisti back it was a deal with the devil. Very disappointed. If the SC freed him on poor evidence that would be ok but a Presidential Pardon. Really???

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  • Fugitive
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:30PM

    @Mazi:
    Is Dr. afia your phuphi? She is an american citizen and in american for breaking the american law, simple as that.

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  • Riaz Khan
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:31PM

    Proud of you President Zardari! Excellent decision for the cause of humanity & good will between India & Pakistan. Wish there would be more from both sides. Free the poor fishermen from both countries. End hate & talk about love, forgiveness & togetherness.

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Tch tch extremely annoying… There is no pardon, the man spent 22 years in Jail with death hanging over his head. what do we want to do now3Recommend

  • raghavsacchar
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:36PM

    @Ya

    1.Please check the indianexpress link that i gave some posts ago

    2.well yes you can appeal but that doesn’t makes him a lesser criminal then anyone convicted of murder .even if any terrorist is convicted the same goes for him also. regarding consideration the same thing can be said about mr zardari releasing him, if zardari was sure that he was a terrorist rather than a case of mistaken identity why would he release him and loose some votes in upcoming elections?

    3.again… we can use same Tu Quoque Fallacy to look at mr sarabjeet who has been there in pk for more than 19 years

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  • Lala Gee
    Jun 26, 2012 - 9:50PM

    @Khan:

    “The guy mistakenly crossed over and was beaten to confess .. one of the so called witness later on retracted his statement saying he was forced to name Sarabjit by the police.”

    He mistakenly crossed the border – and instead of going back he walked (or perhaps used public transport) more than 20 kilometers to be found in Lahore. Looks like he was suffering from some kind of mental and directional disorders too. He was beaten to confess – was he also beaten in front of the magistrate to confess. Was he not given access to the due process from Session Court to High Court and up to Supreme Court. If one witness, out of many, retracted he could have appealed to clear himself through court, but he didn’t. Why? Remember Kashmir Singh? The moment he touched Indian soil, he proudly admitted being a spy and made fun of the Pakistani authorities for getting deceived by his innocence pleas.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Jun 26, 2012 - 10:02PM

    Reading through the comments…. One thing is for sure – the animosity between the two countries is not due to the politicians. It is the people who are mired in hatred for each other. Here is an elected leader of Pakistan who took a step in all honesty and goodwill and he draws flak from his countrymen.

    May be it is time to set aside blind hatred and encourage decisions like these that would improve relations. Also, it is not clear why some Pakistani friends would ask for Ajmal’s release. Why would anyone want the likes of Ajmal released? Do you guys like to keep the bad eggs among yourselves?

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jun 26, 2012 - 10:26PM

    It was a good gesture. People who are condemning it should realize he has served 20 years in prison. That is worse then death. It would be a good move for Pakistan’s image when we let go a terrorist on humanitarian grounds. Recommend

  • Jun 26, 2012 - 10:36PM

    Long live Zardariji! I am impressed with him.

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  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 10:48PM

    @raghavsacchar please read what I wrote, when you give reference its better to get them from the horses mouth hence SC of India would be the right source. The concept of Appeal is to challenge the verdict hence pleading your innocence and until the appeal is rendered it would be bais to pass judgement.

    Irrespective if Sarabjit is Innocent or not, Zardari has only commuted his sentence, so hardly a comparison. I would not venture and speculate Zardari’s motivation as things are quite complex in Pakistan at the moment.

    Again I never said we had a good system however you were making a point that India did so I hardly see the relevance of your last statement….

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  • naeem hussain
    Jun 26, 2012 - 10:55PM

    What about those innocent Pakistanis who all returned dead from India ..@Khan: Recommend

  • naeem hussain
    Jun 26, 2012 - 10:57PM

    What about the release of Ajmal Kasab then? both countries will come even closer.@BlackJack:

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  • Abid
    Jun 26, 2012 - 11:07PM

    What about families of innocent civillians who died in those brazen bomb attacks.Recommend

  • YA
    Jun 26, 2012 - 11:24PM

    @ Abid What about the witness who family died in the attack and implicated Sarabjit as an eye witness and later retracted his statement and said he had given his statement under police pressure. What about the two life sentences he has already served. What if he did not do it… and if he did are two life sentences not enough… What you propose ?

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  • Lala Gee
    Jun 26, 2012 - 11:27PM

    @Mirza:

    “The elected govt is creating frienship between the two countries by these small steps and building confidence and mutual respect. Let us hope the deep state and its touts do not start the war mongering. Let us keep moving in the positive direction and for the betterment and progress of Pakistan. We have been on a policy of hatred (both countries) now give peace and love a chance. This is a must for the progress of Pakistan.”

    Had a few of the 14 killed were your kith and kin, would you still say the same thing? It is easy to say such things when you are not on the losing end.

    P.S. I am a strong supporter of good relations with India, like US has with Canada, but only after the fair resolution of all the outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India.

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  • TruthNFacts
    Jun 27, 2012 - 12:16AM

    Thank you Mr.President for such a bold and humanitarian decision. You have made us proud once again. Lately, Dr.Chisti’s return to Pakistan was much celebrated and I am pretty sure Indians will experience the same joy very soon for Mr.Singh. We wish India and Pakistan move beyond historical conflicts which are the major hurdles in our mutual progress and interests. Both nations need to take bold initiatives in the larger interests of the people across borders. May Indians and Pakistanis enjoy the long lasting benefits of peace, progress, and prosperity.

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  • TruthNFacts
    Jun 27, 2012 - 12:33AM

    @Mirza: So true Mirza. I really appreciate the positivity you have shown in your comments. We have been a victim of this policy of hatred for very long time. Now it is indeed time for us to move forward and beat the promoters of hatred through such bold, positive, and concrete measures.

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  • Pungi
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:02AM

    Sarabjeet is an angel you can’t compare him with Dr.Aafia, her only crime is that not a single American matches her qualifications, Pakistanis your Blood is cheap!

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  • Expatriate
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:13AM

    You have extremists on both sides of the border who benefit from tense relationship.In old days ,external factor emanating from cold war also contributed to worsening relationships.The politicians of neither country worked towards a durable peace.In some respect and in certain areas pak-india relationship was an election issue and vote puller.Naturally these elements do not want to become UNEMPLOYED.
    Though like many I am hopefull that one day peace will return to subcontinent,I am reminded of hurdles ,hate and hollowness of promises of politicians.

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  • Pungi
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:16AM

    I have a Question
    Ajmal Kasab is just alleged in Mumbai incident and India has almost deteriorated relations with Pakistan because of that single man’s alleged involvement…I m not defending Kasab & I don’t even demand his release…but why do Indians want a convicted(not just alleged) Indian to b released and want Kasab to b hanged.. Dual Standards?

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  • Monster
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Mistaken identity, indians got excited for nothing

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  • Critical
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:58AM

    Was this a last minute pull out by Pakistani govt?? After pressure from different sides of Pakistan for making this move..Has Zardari backtracked his statements???

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  • observer (UK)
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:17AM

    what a cruel joke with someone.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 27, 2012 - 2:33AM

    So no news here.
    Mr Surjeets life term expired in 2010.
    He was still held, even after his life term expired.
    Now he is released.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:35AM

    So Sad.
    The man being released, had completed his sentence in 2010.
    He was being held even after expiry of his term and is being released.
    Should we be mad or happy ?

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  • Jat
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:37AM

    Cowards all of you ! Pakistani people again surrender before their agencies. You deserves the kind of leaders you have had so far.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 27, 2012 - 3:53AM

    This is what news reports say now.

    “I think there is some confusion. First, it is not a case of pardon. More importantly, it is not Sarabjit. It is Surjeet Singh, son of Sucha Singh. His death sentence was commuted in 1989 by President (Ghulam) Ishaq (Khan) on the advice of (then premier) Benazir Bhutto,” presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told PTI.

    Law Minister Farooq Naek on Tuesday conveyed to the Interior Ministry that Surjeet Singh had completed his life term in jail and ought to be released and sent back to India, Babar said.

    “Keeping him in jail any longer will be illegal confinement,” he added.

    Any references to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in the entire matter were “out of context”, the presidential spokesman said.

    so the conclusion is , he was illegally confined after expiry of his term and is now released.

    No pardon, what so ever.

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  • amar
    Jun 27, 2012 - 1:13PM

    Waking up hopes of kin of a person, who is on death penalty and then turn around is ..a shame. Not interested in giving pardon, kill him. This dilly dallying and playing with hopes is wrong. Shame on you people. You people are sadists. Some refer to kasabs exchange .. for gods sake …he was seen on national television roaming with kalashnikov and shooting in mumbai…You people think of him as a hero. Dont you..? Your mindset is the cause for your downfall…you will end up as iraq…

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  • Jun 27, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @sick of this nonsense:
    Terrorists are not supposed to be released on humanitarian grounds.
    If you are in place of a victim, what will you want. Release or Sentence???

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