I went to Pakistan to spy, confesses Sarjeet Singh

Published: June 28, 2012
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After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: AFP

After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: AFP

After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: AFP After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: EXPRESS After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: EXPRESS After 27 years of imprisonment, Singh steps on native soil for the first time. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: Speaking to Indian media just minutes after he crossed the Wagah Border into India, Sarjeet Singh confessed to his offense, saying that he went to Pakistan for spying, Express News reported on Thursday.

After the Ministry of Law and Justice approved his release on Tuesday, life sentence prisoner Sarjeet Singh crossed the Wagah Border, and after 27 years, stepped on his native  soil just a few minutes prior to this confession of being guilty.

Family and friends rushed to greet Singh as he reached India.

Speaking to the media on the Pakistani side of the Wagah Border, Singh, now over 60 years old, said that both sides should release prisoners.

“India should release Pakistani prisoners and Pakistan should release Indian prisoners, that is all I want to say,” he said in Punjabi.

Upon being asked as to whether he would ever come back to Pakistan, he said, “I don’t want to come back to Pakistan.”

When asked whether he did not want to come back because he did not like the country, Singh dispelled the notion saying he actually did like the country but said that was not the reason.

“I was accused of being a spy,” he said. “If I come back, agencies will have doubts that I am here to spy again, that is why I will not come back.”

He said that he was grateful for the way Pakistanis treated him.

Waiting on the other side of the border, in anticipation of his father’s return, Singh’s son said that he wished Sarabjeet was being released too.

“Both of them coming back together would be even better,” he said. “Sarabjeet’s family would also be as happy as we are.”

When asked what the first thing the family would do after his father’s return, he said, “We will go straight to Harmandir Sahib (the Golden Temple) and pay our respects.”

“After that, we will go home and celebrate,” he added.

Sarjeet/ Sarabjeet mix-up was an honest mistake

Speaking to media on the Indian side of the Wagah Border, an enthusiastic Singh said that he would get Sarabjeet released too. “I will get it done soon. We will meet ministers to get him released,” he said.

When asked about Sarabjeet’s state, Singh said that he was “in good health” and that he was “sane”.

“I used to meet him every other week, he roams freely in the prison,” added Singh.

Dispelling rumors of maltreatment, Singh said, “No Indian prisoner is dying in Pakistan, nobody is dying of hunger or sickness.”

He said that those who the doctors are unable to cure are sent to a hospital in the city. “There is a Jinnah Hospital there like we have the Chandigarh Hospital here,” said Singh. “They send the sick prisoners there who are brought back after treatment.”

Speaking on the case of mistaken identities, Singh defended Pakistan saying that it was an honest mistake. “There is little difference in the way Sarabjeet and Surjeet are written in Urdu,” he said.

He referred to Advisor to the Prime Minister of Interior affairs Rehman Malik’s interview and said it was him who cleared out the matter. “Their former home minister gave an interview to newspaper reporters and said that Sarabjeet’s documents and mine had been separated,” Singh said.

“ He(Malik) was the one who said that the one who is to be released is Sarjeet Singh, not Sarabjeet,” Singh said, and quoted Malik, saying, “He said ‘Sarjeet’s papers are here, he is being released and we will do so within 48 hours’”.

When quizzed further by the media, an irritated Singh said, “I don’t know about this (the Sarabjeet mix-up), I read newspapers. I am not a minister or an officer.”

“Did you listen to Rehman Malik’s interview? Then you don’t need to ask this question,” he added.

Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”

Singh was arrested by Pakistani police on charges of spying during former President Ziaul Haq’s regime and was awarded the death sentence by a court in 1985.

Later in 1989, his punishment was commuted to life imprisonment by former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan as part of a general order to commute all death sentences awarded during the military regime.

On Tuesday night, President Asif Ali Zardari ordered for Singh’s release as a goodwill gesture. The convict has already completed his stipulated punishment.

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Reader Comments (121)

  • Raj
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:15AM

    It appears Pakistan authorities let him grow his beard in last twelve months. When Kashmir Singh was freed his beard was only a week old.

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  • Anon
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Thanks Surjeet, you just gave us a good reason as to why Sarabjit should stay put in Pakistan! Didnt expect him to throw his fellow indian under the bus with this confession.

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  • V K Bajaj (Delhi)
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:34AM

    I also say” “India should release Pakistani prisoners and Pakistan should release Indian prisoners,”

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  • Anon..
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Where are our attention seeking Aman Ki Tamasha Liberals who were jumping up and down and begging for his release?

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  • MAD
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Kashmir Singh all over again.

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  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    Where does he say he was spying?

    He only said he was accused of spying. Why this misleading headline?

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  • expat
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:36AM

    This is one reason why we will never hand over Hafiz Saeed or anyone that India requests. They dont deserve to be helped in that way.

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  • Rahul
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:37AM

    Misleading….!!

    Where did he say, he is a spy???

    All along, he has maintained that he was not a spy..!!

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  • Light
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:38AM

    AMAN KI ASHA ZINDABAD :D

    Where are indian lovers now :P

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  • ukp
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Hope ET is satisfied according to them he was innocent

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  • WoW
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:46AM

    ET your answer to yesterday’s question in the editorial ‘Should we release an Indian agent’ has been answered. As much as you tried to raise doubts in your editorial about his conviction, the evidence was always there that he was an agent and should not be released. But then again it is always the favourite activity of this newspaper and the liberals to accuse the army of every crime but whitewash everything related to Indians.
    His release and subsequent confession is only going to make things more worse for Pak Indian relations and increase the hostility we already feel towards India!

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  • Anon
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:52AM

    ET why are you not releasing the comments on this page? No amount of brushing under the carpet is going to make this look any better or hide the culpability of our liberals who were jumping up and down for his release.

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:56AM

    A welcome step in the right direction lets hope it helps improve the relations between us . Thank you Pakistan

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  • average pakistani
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Digusting act by our government.they send us body bags and we treat them well. Our manood is lost.

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  • Rimal
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Shame on our liberal fascist, who support this guy. I personally know more then 7 innocent people including children from my locality, who are in Indian imprisonment for no reason since 6,7 years. And this spy is being released today. Shame on your government.

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  • YeaRight!
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:04PM

    @Raj
    Thats cos Kashmir Singh was pretending to be a Muslim and called himself Ibrahim. He didnt even wear a Turban and wore a Muslim Cap. Wonder is Pakistanis will feel like extending hospitality to SIkhs given how the last two released prisoners have behaved. Now each and everyone one of them sill be under scanner.

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  • wonderer
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:10PM

    How is it a “goodwill gesture” if “the convict has already completed his stipulated punishment”?

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:19PM

    The hanging of this old suffering man would have done no goods to the arch rivals. Good step by the govt.

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  • T
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:25PM

    @Raj:
    is that supposed to be funny? Indians are so full of sarcasm and negativity. Pity you.

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  • Hajira Amir
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:27PM

    This news is only to be found on ET.

    Dawn reports that Surjeet Singh mentioned categorically that he was not a spy.

    Even in this article, he says “I was accused of being a spy, If I come back, agencies will have doubts that I am here to spy again, that is why I will not come back.”

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  • Hamid
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:29PM

    for 27 years he had been saying he was not there to Spy, but when now he is safe in India, he confesses he was a spy for RAW. What does India have to say now?

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  • T
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:31PM

    @Raj:
    I have seen many Indian singhs without beard also…e.g. ranveer singh..does Pakistan play a role in that too?

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  • saeed
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:32PM

    @Raj..what about his confession…at least you Indians should have some courage to accept what he is saying….height of hypocrisy..

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  • Alapan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:35PM

    where did Surjeet singh confess that he was spying?

    Why is ET making up stories???

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  • Princess
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Thank you for showing gratitude on this noble gesture. Pakistani convicted spied return home dead instead.

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  • Hammad
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:40PM

    @ Wonderer: No, it really isn’t, it would have had he been hanged. That must have satisfied you.

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  • Imran
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:41PM

    How would you criticize a Pakistani Rock even.

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  • V K Bajaj (Delhi)
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:46PM

    I also say “India should release Pakistani prisoners and Pakistan should release Indian prisoners,”

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  • Khan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:48PM

    @wonderer:
    He was given capital punishment that is hanged till death by every court the case went through even the SC. It was the President who initially changed it to life imprisonment and then released him (life imprisonment has no maximum term).
    IMHO, all such prisoners who have been given life imprisonment and death sentences except those who commit it more than once, should be release after serving a maximum term of 8-12 years. It is a big part of life that one spends in confinement, People grow with time and their behavior and thinking change completely during this time.

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  • Mj
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Spy or not, 27 years in captivity is more than enough punishment.

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  • Abbas
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:53PM

    Why we Muslims ignore Islam and Prophet’s sayings and acts (Ahadith and Sunnah), when commenting or dealing with non-muslims. Islam and Prophet (SAWW) used to treat the opponents with love and care even the enemies in return didn’t. But here we forget all the teachings and we are sunk deep in hatred, revenge and want bloodshed of (so called)enemies.

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  • Nasir
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:56PM

    He has served his time , there is no issue in setting him free, by the way i am Pakistani and i dont want to go back to Pakistan either

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 28, 2012 - 12:57PM

    @YeaRight!: If a Indian commits a offence on Pakistani soil he must get his due punishment as per Pakistani law and courts . However once the sentence has been completed he should be released. The same applies to Pakistanis who commit a offence in India. We must respect the verdicts of our courts and also respect human life.

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  • Thanks
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:01PM

    ET Congrats on playing your part in releasing anti Pakistan agent. Instead yourself start spying for India, then would they don’t be needing to send another spy to this land of pure. Congratulations. And don’t hesitate to publish this comment.I want every one read it out.

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  • Light
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:06PM

    AMAN ki ASHA Zindabad… :D

    Where are indian lovers :p

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  • srp
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Misleading news…he has not said that he was spying…

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  • Fatima
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:20PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”

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  • Fatima
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:20PM

    @Rahul:
    Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”

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  • Harbans Singh
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:23PM

    Even if he was spying he has undergone enough imprisonment and deserved to be released.

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  • Asad
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:24PM

    @mr. righty rightist: are you blind or you have reading problems: Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”

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  • Suraj
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Even media too playing with sentiments.. False info..

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  • Asad
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:29PM

    Typical comments from indians they are all of a sudden having reading comprehension problems about this guy’s confession. This is the result of brainwashing by your gov that all indian’s are innocent and no one commits crime everything wrong is done by ISI.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:44PM

    Yes he came to spy. Yes he got caught, arrested, and jailed for 27 years. That’s more than a murderer gets as life sentence. His youth has been spent in a jail. This is punishment enough for espionage. Letting him free is the right thing to do.
    Sarabjeet Singh is an actual murderer… either he should have been put to trial and given life sentence or capital punishment, etc.
    He has also spent much of his time in a Pakistani jail.
    But his case is a little more complicated as there are victims families that are involved, and their feelings and emotions need to be taken into consideration.

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  • Alapan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:45PM

    All the Pakistani media organisations are reporting that Sujeet Singh confessed?

    I have seen his statement. No where did he say he was a spy.

    “I was accused of being a spy,” he said. “If I come back, agencies will have doubts that I am here to spy again, that is why I will not come back.”

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  • C V R Bharati
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:50PM

    Misleading headlines and news. If you see the video clipping, he has never said he had gone to Pakistan to spy on them. All he said was he was arrested and charged with spying by Pakistan.Recommend

  • waqar
    Jun 28, 2012 - 1:52PM

    Anyone who is saying that where did he said that i was there for spying go to this link:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621746

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Not true…

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  • Dr ubaid
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:11PM

    i think spies shuld be hanged!!

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  • Really?
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Did anyone saying this is not true bother to watch the news while he was being released? He spoke ON CAMERA.

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  • Lobster
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:12PM

    @Raj:
    Haha, thats the only point you found important to comment! If the same news had been for Pakistani spy, we can see storm of Indian comments criticizing it!

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”
    He did confess.

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  • KB
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:19PM

    @expat: Read again please – It clearly states that

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:21PM

    @Hajira Amir: Every international Media is stating that he is a Spy then what are you talking. Here is a news piece from BBC. What do you say about it ???? Sarjeet Singh confesses to News Reporters so it is the end of the story.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621746

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  • James
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:34PM

    @WoW:
    Guilty or not guilty is of no consequence.He has served more than his sentence in jail.

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  • Hassan Akbar
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Instead of saying that India should release Pakistani prisoners and Pakistan should release Indian prisoners, I would like to say “Don’t go spying”.Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Jun 28, 2012 - 2:49PM

    All the Indians commenting here have ear plugs on, these are special ear plugs that filter out things that they want to hear or make sentences seem exactly like the way they want to hear them. ET is your beloved newspaper, it always published things that are pleasing to the Indians, so why are you accusing it of lieing all of a sudden. Pakistan’s shown a huge goodwill gesture and released your spy. When was the last time Indian released a Pakistani accused of spying?

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  • Aiman
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:00PM

    It was a rite move to release that prisoner however in answer to those Indians stating its no gesture of Pakistan as he already had completed his sentence: does your government release Pakistani prisoners who have completed their sentences? the answer is no, anyway Islam teaches us to treat prisoners with kindness and fairness and that is what happens to prisoners no matter of which nationality or religion, in Pakistan. we should follow the teachings of our religion no matter how others treat our prisoners because that is the great religion Islam for uRecommend

  • TrueStory
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Spy or not…..any person attaining the age of 60, 65 or 70 should be released on humanitarian grounds. They are not going to do any harm to Paistan after that age, and will be good to be with his family, meet grandchildren etc in the last phase of life and can comfortably die in his own bed.

    Both countries should do this …!

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  • curious
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:05PM

    What a long time to spend behind bars. The funny thing is in anyone’s working life, people constantly spy and gossip on each other. If he was just accused of spying, what a terrible waste of time and life to be spent behind bars. If you don’t kill anyone, you’re harmless.

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  • Rehman Malik
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:23PM

    India, Release Ajmal Qasab now !!

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  • not-an-indian
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:38PM

    Indians have been given a huge dose of nationalism so much so that it has made them come across as completely irrational when it comes to Pakistan. Just read the comments from the Indians – mostly effeminate and spiteful, they range from outright hate to contempt and sarcasm. And yet ET keeps publishing their comments to show their ‘even-handedness’ . This is masochistic if nothing else.
    This man was a spy and he did his time in prison. End of story.

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  • bharat
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:46PM

    This confession is forced,

    There is no proof of this guys involvement in any illegal activity in Pakistan

    He went to Pakistan to visit a sikh shrine but he was made a scapegoatRecommend

  • Knotty
    Jun 28, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Many Indian prisoners admit later that they were treated well (even Surjeet Singh said that on Indian soil).
    .
    On the other hand, Pakistani prisoners are tortured so much that often have lost their memory when (and if) they are released! That’s not fair!
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    A country claiming to be secular should have better credentials!

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  • Paki Boy
    Jun 28, 2012 - 4:20PM

    this useless statement definitely will cause problem for those prisoner either who r in India or Pakistan!!!!!!Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 28, 2012 - 4:40PM

    spying is not a crime. When you walk down the road and look into neighbours backyard to see what plants he has planted , thats a form of spying. Between countries, spying is not a offense until you illegally access classified material.

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  • ahmed
    Jun 28, 2012 - 4:41PM

    previously by reading pakistan bashing comments by regular indian commentators, i had started to think that there is some genuine problem of credibility with us, but now after watching the above comments, i am relieved they themselves have got problem of credibility :), they are fed on lies also.

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  • ahsan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 4:53PM

    @Alapan:
    i think u haven’t seen his press conference in india this morning ….check times of india for conformation .. wait i am positing link /www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/india/2012/06/120628sarjitsinghreleasedrh.shtml

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  • Jun 28, 2012 - 4:58PM

    The headline says “He admits he was a spy once he was on india soil” Where as this interview was taken while he was still on pakistan soilRecommend

  • YA
    Jun 28, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @ whats the surprise here, he was a spy? he was given a sentence he completed it did some more time, what do we want from him now. Are there no Pakistani Spies in India. If Indians can’t catch them then that’s their problem. Happy that he is back with his family I hope Pakistan resolves Sarabjit’s case as well.

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  • Mansoor
    Jun 28, 2012 - 5:03PM

    India aslo release innocent pakistani but after death! Shame of our government!Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 28, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Pathetic show from the indian here they reflect the delusional mind set of indians at large. They guy is saying it himself and has been reported by international media. But you will see delusional zombies coming up with ridiculous denials. Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2012 - 5:24PM

    enough hospatality has been shown and over one thousand prisoners in pakistani jails have been released and handed over to india.what responce you pakistani got in return that is one third.pakistani govt showed more courtesy and reply is more release of their prisoners on humaniterian grounds but no human rights and no mercy even on reciprocated basis.how long this one side love affair can lost,upto your immagination.Recommend

  • Hajira Amir
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @Ordinary Villager: The initial report from ET did not mention him admitting to the incident and that is the reason why a number of Indians were confused.

    Thanks for the BBC link. Now there can be no doubt on this matter.

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  • Arslan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:13PM

    I think, after his confessed, he closed the doors for other prisnors.Recommend

  • Babloo
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:28PM

    spying is a non violent offense. Why 30 years for it ? Its atrocious.
    How many years do Pakistani spies get in India ? much less.

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  • Hafeez
    Jun 28, 2012 - 6:48PM

    @Rahul:
    Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.” You don’t need a dictionary to translate it.Recommend

  • Jun 28, 2012 - 6:53PM

    it is good work any way, may this world become peaceful place for every human being who suffer for years. Love to see peace!Recommend

  • vijay
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:04PM

    @Anon:
    dost isne apni sentence puri kar li hai, 30 saal jail me raha hai yeh isi gunah ki saza ke liye.

    He deserved to be out now. He might be a spy but he hass definitely not killed anybody and he is only a small pawn. He has suffered a lot for his crime.
    I can just say most of the Indians really thankful to your government for not keeping him in Jail even after completing his sentence.
    Hope that the peace process continues and both the countries will release prisons languishing in Jails for decades. Its give and take friend, if you release somebody today, India will reciprocate tomorrow with the similar gesture.
    We citizens of these two countries should support these efforts to bring peace and trust and stop cribbing about this and that.

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  • DemandingAnAnswer
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Despite who he was spy or not, the important question here is how many Pakistani prisoners are being released from Indian side and how many of them came out saying they were treated well in Indian prisons? These people so called human right activist, is their human right activism is only for Indian spies and not for Pakistanis??

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  • Zeta
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:06PM

    spies get in India ? much less.

    spies get in India ? much less.> @Babloo: spying is a non violent

    offense. Why 30 years for it ? Its
    atrocious. How many years do Pakistani
    spies get in India ? much less.spies get in India ? much less.

    spies get in India ? much less.

    Spying is not a violent offence? which world do you live in? Punishment of spying is straight death. nothing less. will you say so same if tomorrow Pakistani spy is caught in india. Shameless hypocritical behavior of you indians are out in the open for every one to see.

    Look at the health of both Kashmir Singh and Surjeet Singh, both of them are healthy and in sound mind. What do you indians do with our prisoners. Send them back in body bags, if they survive the torture they go mental. Read the treatment you did with Sipahi Maqbool Hussain.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SipahiMaqboolHussain

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  • Sky
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:12PM

    Times of India reportin as..

    “I was a RAW ( Research and Analysis Wing) agent. No one bothered for me after I got arrested. Don’t ask me too much…..otherwise the BSF (Border Security Force) will get annoyed,” he told media just after his arrival here.

    Within seconds of his making this statement, BSF officials sitting besides him took him away to a room for a briefing.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/I-was-a-RAW-agent-Surjeet-Singh-says/articleshow/14468528.cms

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  • Zeta
    Jun 28, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Indians trolls suddenly started to have reading difficulties. Hope their hearing is still working. Listen to him at 1:00 mark. He himself says that he was sent to Pakistan for spying.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2OqNwYhUYU

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  • Jun 28, 2012 - 8:06PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    There you are. Just a few lines from the bottom. In these words: “Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”

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  • Muhammad Ali
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Good job by Pakistani Gov

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  • Lala Gee
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:26PM

    @Babloo:

    “spying is a non violent offense. Why 30 years for it ? Its atrocious.
    How many years do Pakistani spies get in India ? much less.”

    Off course, because any Pakistani found outside the allowed station of their visa are charged with the crime of spying and within a couple of years either they end up dead or lose sanity. Corpses are returned to Pakistan and the live hardly ever make to Pakistan.

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  • Ahsan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Pakistan has always treated every prisoner with intense respect …certainly punishments are given at times but ,, when u compare the same with off the border or in abroad then consider about the detention centers ..May almighty always keep us independents ..never to any sort of limitations ..AmeenRecommend

  • just_someone
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:46PM

    you indians need to stop talking and learn to gather information. go to the bbc website, the bbc confirms that he said he came t pakistan for spying.
    indians think they are so indefatigably innocent. news flash to you naive people: every country does good and every country does bad. you spy on us, we spy on you. stop being naive! the difference you see very quickly on the ET forums is that pakistanis at least question their government, the indians accept each thing their government says as the truth without using their own brain to question their rulers!

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  • just_someone
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:49PM

    From the BBC:
    “In recent years, several Indians returning from Pakistani jails have admitted to spying. Some have criticised India’s government for abandoning them.”
    Read it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621746
    Is this proof enough to you Indians or is your government still telling the truth???!!!

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  • anonymous
    Jun 28, 2012 - 8:55PM

    A stupid and insensitive title to the news-report. If one is to read only the title, it may evoke a negative reaction in a Pakistani mind towards India. And then you read the complete report, and he has praised Pakistan and the way he and other prisoners were treated.

    Now, you don’t need to be an intelligent expert to ascertain he may have been a spy, and when he was quizzed he accepted, but it was quiet unnecessary to highlight spying as a title.

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  • Rayhan Khan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    Read the article again.
    ” Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.” “

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  • Rayhan Khan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:16PM

    For all those who are claiming that Pakistani media made up news about confession of Mr. Singh. Here is news from India times. I hope and believe that people think neutrally and two countries stop working against each other and work for each other for progress of South Asia

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/I-was-a-RAW-agent-Surjeet-Singh-says/articleshow/14468528.cms

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  • itsm3
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:30PM

    This is rediculous. He should have been imprisoned for all his life as thats what india and other countries do to spies.
    Nevertheless, I’m happy this man got to meet with his family.
    Pakistan ZIndabad.Recommend

  • genenios
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:37PM

    Anyway we should accept reality, that is he went Pakistan as a spy, and Kashmir Sigh who also accepted that he was a spy, when he crossed the border, both were on mission.Recommend

  • Zeta
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Intense over nationalism fed into these indians make then unable to analyze anything rationally or neutrally. They are off view that their poor little country can never do bad. So sad, Come out of your bollywood fantasy land

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  • salman
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:48PM

    sarbajeet,s confession is a second slap on the faces of those who let him out.kashmir singh also made us feel that as if we have great fools or else indian agents in pakistan who are helping them out.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Jun 28, 2012 - 9:49PM

    @anonymous:
    its a fact, there is nothing ‘insensitive’ about it. if i say i murdered someone, and thats a headline, is that insenstive on the part of the newspaper because they didnt think about my ‘feelings’? Recommend

  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:12PM

    OK OK OK!!!!

    Sorry, I missed where he said, he was a spy. This being the case, RAW should be taken to task. What a shame that his family was not cared for.

    This is very unfortunate.

    Back in the 80s, when there was a sizeable sikh population in Pakistan, sikhs went to Pakistan for spying. I highly doubt, if it works today, given that Pakistan has succeeded in eliminating almost all minority from its soil.

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  • YA
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:23PM

    @ Disgruntled Indian Friends: India and Pakistan share a 2300 km border. What you should want and need are friends on the other side. Unfortunately what happens on one side of the border will inevitably spill on the other side. Afghanistan Pakistan is a good example. My humble recommendation is to be a little pragmatic and celebrate the little good news we get. Same goes for our disgruntled Pakistani Friends……

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  • Suraj
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Shame on Media for Publishing such a reports about a person who served more 20 years of imprisonment…

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  • Gunnar
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:42PM

    Lets hope we both stop fighting and spend our defense budget on well being of our poor people…Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Jun 28, 2012 - 10:52PM

    i feel sorry for the ngo who is such a fool.he has been fooled for the second time by an indian spy.Recommend

  • butt jee
    Jun 29, 2012 - 12:07AM

    @Raj:
    Sardar jee is over joyed on his release from jail and you are worried about his beard. Funny.

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  • GGF
    Jun 29, 2012 - 12:53AM

    Anyone who is saying that where did he said that i was there for spying go to this link:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621746Recommend

  • YA
    Jun 29, 2012 - 1:25AM

    @Ahsan – Do you fail to understand that he completed his sentence!!! and then a number of years after that. Annoying

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  • co-op
    Jun 29, 2012 - 2:12AM

    pakistan and india should open up borders for good through biometric system and everyone should move freely across the border.Recommend

  • anon
    Jun 29, 2012 - 2:18AM

    Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.”@mr. righty rightist:Recommend

  • vigilant
    Jun 29, 2012 - 2:20AM

    This is reality of Indians…..thanks singh for reminding us…..and how Indians treat Pakistani prisoners??…when Pakistani returns either they are disabled or lost sanity….it is always painful to see Pakistani prisoners returning back from India and true Indian side.
    From my side i will make sure that current government pays for this decision in up-coming elections.

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  • Truthbetold
    Jun 29, 2012 - 2:38AM

    It is possible that as a condition for his release, Sarjeet was asked to state, upon his release, that he was spying in Pakistan, as soon as he crossed over the border to India. If he didn’t do that, it is possible that the Pak authorities had warned him that his relatives would be harmed.

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  • eyespy
    Jun 29, 2012 - 4:08AM

    He clearly stated on live TV ( indian tv.) in punjabi that he was sent to spy.
    The BBC Link someone provided above gives his real name and mentions him as a low level spy.
    Now, if he ha=d been hanged, these Indians here would ve gone crazy but I am glad they now know what he really was.

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 29, 2012 - 5:23AM

    Dear Pakistani and Indian readers please realize what is the situation in the areas adjoining the IB/LOC on both sides.Because of the wars that have been taking place 48/65/71/Kargil no industry has come up in the border areas smuggling is the big business and along with it spying.These smugglers/spies are a product of the hostile policies our nations are following there is a urgent need to improve relations between our nations . These spies are just poor people who are exploited by security agencies and armies.The root cause are the hostile relations.As regards offences committed in either country are concerned punish the criminal as per law let him serve his sentence and then release him. We must respect the laws of the land, the verdicts of the courts and human lives.

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  • Aliya
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:23AM

    He said he was a spy if you don’t believe Pakistani news paper..go read bbc or times of India. He says he was a spy and he was treated well. He said all Indian prisoners are treated well.. 27 years is a long time..good that he is finally released.
    Both Indians and Pakistanis should stop spreading hate. Do you get pleasure out of passing negative comments towards each other! Grow up!

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  • MirzaVadeyaGandasianNaal
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:33AM

    @mr. righty rightist:
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/surjeet-singh-freed-from-pakistan-but-sarabjit-waits-in-prison-236958?pfrom=home-otherstories
    Here Surjeet himself says at the end of interview that he went to Pakistan to spy for RAW or the army. Nothing misleading about this aspect in this story. This is all over Indian news media.

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  • AA
    Jun 29, 2012 - 8:47AM

    @Princess:

    Oh Dear Princess… How have you all been brainwashed!!! name a couple of such cases where Pakistani spies have returned dead…

    This guy was accused of spying – he was sentenced accordingly – he completed his sentence – he got released – why this tamasha then??

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  • Answerer
    Jun 29, 2012 - 12:00PM

    @wonderer:
    A life sentence means a life sentence …..

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  • Answerer
    Jun 29, 2012 - 12:04PM

    To those who still dont get it or find the title misleading this is whats mentioned “Following these questions, Singh confessed to his crime saying, “I went there to spy.””

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  • Asad Ur Rehman
    Jun 29, 2012 - 12:21PM

    Those who believe that Et fabricated this story and Sarjeet didn’t say he was a spy should go through the following link of Hindustan times and then they should raise doubts and should debate.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NorthIndia/Back-from-Pak-Surjeet-admits-he-went-to-spy/Article1-880044.aspx

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  • Zeta
    Jun 29, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Listen to him from 0:44 and have some shame indians. How even the spies you sent here to harm Pakistan get treated in Pakistani jails.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bR4ZdmN_J4&feature=related

    While what you do with our people, from soldiers to simple fans of cricket who went to india end up in jails on false charges. who if lucky enough to survive at the cost of their sanity or comeback in casket. Here is one case of indian brutality and barbarity

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SipahiMaqboolHussain

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  • Udaya Bose
    Jun 29, 2012 - 8:24PM

    @Rehman Malik:
    Hello Senator,
    Ajmal Kasab is a terrorist and a murderer.Which is not quite the same as being a spy.

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  • Baal Thakaray
    Jun 30, 2012 - 12:11AM

    I know, ISI scared him to death and told him to lie! Jay ho Sarjeet.. never admit any of your deeds you did in Pakistan!!

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 30, 2012 - 11:48AM

    @Baal Thakaray: We have a Zaid Hamid posting quite regularly hope u are able 2 match his humor which is badly needed on these pages which are otherwise filled with hateful comments from both sides.

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  • avinash
    Jul 25, 2012 - 3:15PM

    this is totally wrong that singh was spying there the ET is making an unwanted issue

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