Sarabjit Singh’s murder

Published: May 4, 2013
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JUBAIL, SAUDI ARABIA: Other than Labour Day, the subcontinent might remember May 1 from another perspective from now on, with the tragic death of Sarabjit Singh. It is a sad day for Sarabjit’s family and millions of people on both sides of the border, wishing for a better relationship between India and Pakistan. It is, however, a day of jubilation for right-wing, religious extremists in both countries.

Sarabjit was arrested by Pakistani authorities in an intoxicated state on August 28, 1990; eight days later, he was charged with involvement in the 1990 blasts in Faisalabad and Lahore and was later sentenced to death. His petition against the death sentence was dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2006 due to the non-appearance of his lawyer. Later, his mercy petition was also rejected by the government.

On April 26, Sarabjit was attacked by fellow prisoners with bricks and iron rods in the presence of jail guards. He then went into a coma due to severe head injuries. His family arrived in Pakistan and appealed a deathbed-ridden Sarabjit be sent abroad for treatment. However, the government rejected any such move citing medical board reports that all was well with him and he could be treated in Pakistan. On May 1, his family left Pakistan in distress, accusing the government, the jail and hospital authorities of being insensitive and heartless towards his condition. The same evening, he died while in a coma.

Who will benefit from his death? Those who are inciting Pakistanis that this was revenge for Ajmal Kasab’s hanging, and also those who do not want a peaceful relationship between the neighbours. What about the hundreds of fishermen and visa violators imprisoned in both countries — who will save them from reprisal and revenge attacks?

Indeed, it’s a shameful day — shameful for those who didn’t release him even after 22 years of imprisonment, for those who organised the attack on him, for those whose medical report said all was okay with Sarabjit, and the media which miserably failed to highlight the distress of his family.

Masood Khan

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Khan
    May 4, 2013 - 11:55PM

    Revenge of Ajmal kasab is not behind the killing of singh…. you are spreading hate like a fire in a Jungle.

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  • irfan
    May 5, 2013 - 12:33AM

    Good that you have got such noble thoughts. Sarbajit Singh’s case was botched up from the beginning by our great institutions, all of them. Have not you seen the state of affairs into which all the common man has been thrown. Alas this sad story is like Qissa-e-Ajaib, it never ends, since the last 60 years I have been a witness to this. Only Allah can help us.

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  • Kulwant Singh
    May 6, 2013 - 10:50AM

    @irfan:A common man on both sides wants to live in peace as there numerous other problems being faced by them, Muslims,Sikhs and Hindus were co existing for centries and the problem lies with politicians and religious leaders because if there is war only the common man will suffer the political leaders and religious leaders who spread hate day and night will not go to fight on the borders they will be safe only lengthy statements.We can learn from other countries if USA and Canada can coexist why not India and Pakistan.There are many other countries such as Norway,Swedn,Denmark,Germany,France,UK their citizens can visit all the countries even without visa but here even after getting visa u can not roam freely nor in India neither in Pakistan.Do bhai add hunde he ne apna apna karo khao ki muskil hai par leedran da ki karea Wahegur sumatt bakhshe.

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