Sarabjit Singh was a RAW agent: Indian report

Published: May 6, 2013
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Indian activists pose with pictures of  late Sarabjit Singh as they pay tribute to him in Kolkata on May 2, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Indian activists pose with pictures of late Sarabjit Singh as they pay tribute to him in Kolkata on May 2, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Indian spy Sarabjit Singh had gone to Pakistan for an operation managed by a senior Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) official and later became the external intelligence agency’s chief, Hindustan Times (HT) reported.  

The HT report quoted an intelligence source as saying that “Singh was an Indian spy in Pakistan. He managed to accomplish the task given to him but was caught while trying to flee.”

The source refused to elaborate more on the operation taken up by the spy, the report stated.

Singh, who was sentenced 16 years ago over deadly bombings, recently died in Lahore after he was beaten by his jail inmates.

The HT report further mentioned a former intelligence official, who dealt with Singh’s case, as saying that “the operation executed by Singh didn’t serve any tactical purpose but still the agency had executed many such missions in Pakistan in the early and mid 90s.”

“Some of the operations executed by the RAW during the period were totally mindless. Spies like Singh and their family have paid huge cost for it. Sometimes, the agency officials executed operations out of personal bravado that they can get ‘something’ done in Pakistan,” said the official.

Speaking about the state policy to reward spies and their families who are caught in the enemy land, the sources said that the agency is yet to evolve a rule.

“Payments vary case to case depending on the nature of operation. There is no uniformity in discreet payments to families when such agents are caught or eliminated by the enemy,” said a source.

“Singh had been awarded a state funeral because his case was mainly highlighted due to efforts of his politically astute sister Dalbir Kaur. His family is also being compensated, But there are many cases in which the spies came back from Pakistan knocked the doors of courts to get their dues,” the source added.

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  • Truth
    May 6, 2013 - 10:30AM

    And According to Pakistan Courts he was a TERRORIST. ET courage to write truth.

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  • Salman
    May 6, 2013 - 10:31AM

    This is the second case when India has admitted this. This should be enough for world to know India’s real face and to understand the policies India has been pursuing in case of Pakistan.

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  • Hammad
    May 6, 2013 - 10:32AM

    So, terrorists/killers get state funeral in world’s largest democracy?

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  • bilal
    May 6, 2013 - 10:35AM

    Indians how do you want us to treat a spy who is sent by your government to kill the innocent Pakistanis and I am sure Pakistan might also be involved in sending their spies to India. please stop this war for god sake we can actually have no border. think for a change

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  • kashif
    May 6, 2013 - 10:36AM

    It means Pakistani courts had done a right thing by punishing him. At the same time, the way he was killed is totally wrong and again shows anything but anarchy. It would have been better if the courts had hanged him themselves, at least it would have showed that he had gone through the due process of justice.

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  • Amir
    May 6, 2013 - 10:38AM

    No No No. Don’t tell me he was an RAW agent He was a beloved hero of our private media

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  • M
    May 6, 2013 - 10:42AM

    And people still deny RAW’s involvement in terrorizing Pakistan.. lol

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  • GhostRider
    May 6, 2013 - 10:42AM

    What about that 16 year old rant that Sarabjit is innocent and he accidently strayed into Pakistan???

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  • ManofSteel!
    May 6, 2013 - 10:46AM

    End of story! A spy, a terrorist!

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  • Pappoo
    May 6, 2013 - 10:47AM

    So ET needed confirmation from Indian news papers to call This RAW terrorist Sarabjit a terrorist!??

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  • Green Tiger
    May 6, 2013 - 10:50AM

    Respect. People die due mindless political games.

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  • May 6, 2013 - 10:51AM

    He didn’t deserve to die the way he did, but if he was guilty of bombing innocents in Pakistan, then he was a murderer.

    This report is a lot of raw egg on the face of those taking the morale high ground. It is one thing for a prisoner to be killed in a scuffle with other prisoners that had nothing to do with his nationality, and another for an innocent Pakistani to be killed in retaliation.

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  • Usman Ahmad
    May 6, 2013 - 10:52AM

    ‘Managed to accomplish the task given to him’ = 14 dead Pakistanis

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  • imtiaz
    May 6, 2013 - 10:56AM

    Shame on indian Govt. exporting terrorism to Neighboring Countries……..

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  • gulmina
    May 6, 2013 - 11:01AM

    hhahahaha!!! see? we told you so

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 12:01PM

    I have told this before and I am telling again.

    I don’t know if he was a spy or not. But he was definitely not a terrorist. The mistrial and the miscarriage of justice with such glaring discrepancies in the procedure is a shame to humanity and Pakistani government and Pakistani justice system.

    A spy by no definition is a terrorist.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 12:08PM

    @Noman Ansari:

    “He didn’t deserve to die the way he did, but if he was guilty of bombing innocents in Pakistan, then he was a murderer.

    This report is a lot of raw egg on the face of those taking the morale high ground. It is one thing for a prisoner to be killed in a scuffle with other prisoners that had nothing to do with his nationality, and another for an innocent Pakistani to be killed in retaliation. “

    I would like to believe that you are somewhat of a rational person which is rare among pakistanis. Wait a minute, you are not a Pakistani citizen, are you?

    Nonetheless, read in detail about his trail and tell me what concluding proof did your prosecutors have to call him a terrorist. His tortured forced confession is no evidence. In fact if you search Youtube you will find the main eye-witness backtracking on his testimony that he never saw Sarabjit Singh. Also Sarabjit Singh was booked and tried under a different name, which means your police couldn’t even establish his identity, even though they managed to torture him.

    If you read the entire mistrial and if you have any scruple left in you, you will be wiping the raw-egg off your own face.

    I don’t know if he was a spy or not, but a spy does not mean a terrorist.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 12:11PM

    And to all those Pakistanis, read the report properly.

    Nowhere does espionage means terrorism, except for Pakistan.

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  • vasan
    May 6, 2013 - 12:14PM

    Spying in enemy lands have been going on from time immemorial. I dont understand all the ranting by pakistanis for this news. Terrorism is another matter.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 12:15PM

    @ManofSteel!:

    “End of story! A spy, a terrorist!”

    When reasons fail, the devil helps.

    Use your head. Use it. It’s a gift from almighty Allah. A spy does not mean a terrorist. Or, perhaps only in Pakistan.

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  • Arzoo
    May 6, 2013 - 12:15PM

    I would be remiss if I do not add to my earlier comment that regardless of the fact that Sarabjit was a spy, he did not deserve to die the death he did. The Government of Pakistan should have ensured that he was treated according to the Geneva Convention and his safety should have been ensured, and not left to the mercy of savages. The point should not be how India treats our prisoners, the point should be whether we subscribe to internationally accepted human rights conventions and conduct ourselves accordingly.

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  • holyme
    May 6, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Of course he was a spy but Indian media are hypocrites claiming Pakistan is a terrorist nation when their own countryman Mr Singh created mass terror in Pakistan by killing innocent people. What for may I ask? To create instability in Pakistan?

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  • sm
    May 6, 2013 - 12:31PM

    I thought he was just a civilian at the beginning and respected him for that, now, when he is officially a spy who has done his job, i respect him more.Proud of this man who stood his ground and done his job.Must be rewarded by the sate now.

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  • Sakina
    May 6, 2013 - 12:43PM

    LOL… stupid Indian media, took them 16 years to realize that!

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  • Max
    May 6, 2013 - 12:47PM

    “… there are many cases in which the spies came back from Pakistan knocked the doors of courts to get their dues,” the source added.”

    So if Indian spies are successful live they get nothing, and if they are foolish enough to be caught and killed they receive compensation and state funerals. What a brilliant motivational system in the world’s best democrazy.Recommend

  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 12:56PM

    @Shah (Berlin):

    “Dear Indians who sit on ET and comment whole day long:

    Can you answer this now !!!!!!”

    read my comments 10 times.

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  • Satan
    May 6, 2013 - 12:58PM

    Where are all those pseudo liberals?

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 1:01PM

    @Sakina:

    “LOL… stupid Indian media, took them 16 years to realize that!”

    I don’t think you understand how media works. There are two possibilities.

    1) If he was indeed a spy, Indian media would have known about it several years ago, if not 16 years ago. Fearing for his life, this report was not released.

    2) If he was indeed a spy, fearing for his life, no source came forth from Indian government for all these 16 years to protect his life. Now that he is dead, some anonymous sources are coming forward.

    But Pakistanis must realize that a spy is not a terrorist and his trial was a gross mistrial.Recommend

  • Muhammad Usama Aziz
    May 6, 2013 - 1:06PM

    Now where are Indians!!!. Blaming Pakistan for terrorist activities but instead India is the biggest terrorist in the world!!!Recommend

  • Mindful(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:10PM

    He wasn’t convicted by Pakistan court.And if by chance he were to be a spy then there is a great difference between a Spy who provides information and terrorist who kills innocent citizens of their land. Please know the difference between SPY and TERRORIST before commenting.

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:11PM

    @Water Bottle:

    a spy who acutally planted a bomb and killed innocent people ….is not a terrorist in your eyes…

    I dont get you Indians how can you defend this….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Like come on ……

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  • INDIA SHIA
    May 6, 2013 - 1:23PM

    @Shah (Berlin): even if he is spy or what u cant justfy the way he has been killed. Action must be taken by court.

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  • Salman
    May 6, 2013 - 1:24PM

    @Water Bottle:
    Actually spies some for peace treaties right? I think it’s time you start using your head.

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:24PM

    @Mindful(Indian):

    Dude the guy carried out bombings in Pakistan …why are you even trying to defend him..

    this is height of hypocracy….!!!!!!!!

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  • Deeraj(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Spies aren’t enemies terrorists are.Actually all of us are spies each one reading the newspapers of other countries to get information and to know others perspectives. Pakistani Dawn,Tribune and Jung newspaper and media correspondents in India and Indian newspaper and media like Hindustan times,Times of India etc corespondents in Pakistan can be considered spies.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 1:33PM

    @Shah (Berlin):

    “a spy who acutally planted a bomb and killed innocent people ….is not a terrorist in your eyes…”

    If he was a terrorist, I wouldn’t defend him. If fact, when Sanaullah was attacked in kashmir that the attacker should be charged with the harshest of crimes and tried.

    Sarabjit is not a terrorist. perhaps he was a spy, I don’t know.

    Why don’t you read about his trial. There were glaring holes in the trial. First of all, he was charged under a different name. This means your police could not even establish his identity.

    Second, there was not an IOTA of proof that he planted the bombs. Third, his confession came after severe torture by your brave police.Recommend

  • Realist
    May 6, 2013 - 1:35PM

    @bilal:

    Not Interested

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  • Mindful(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:40PM

    @Shah (Berlin):
    If Sarabjit was a criminal then the Supreme court of Pakistan should have convicted him and it wasn’t the right of fellow prisoners to punish him,no one has to take law into their hands.

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    May 6, 2013 - 1:40PM

    @INDIA SHIA:

    I totally agree that how he died is not at all right.

    But please dont defend him here saying that he was just a spy and carried out no bombing etc etc.

    India blames Pakistan for every little incident which takes place. Its time that you act matuer and accept that ur Intelligence agency has carried out horrific act in Pakistan as well.

    This is wht I dont understand in Indians , they never accept their fault…./p>Recommend

  • Indian
    May 6, 2013 - 1:42PM

    Sarabjit Singh case was that of mistaken identity. The FIR logged in Pakistan clearly mentions Manjit Singh as the wanted and NOT Sarabjit Singh.

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  • Punjaagi
    May 6, 2013 - 1:44PM

    @Mindful(Indian):
    Check your facts before making comments. He was not only convicted but his review petitions were repeatedly dismissed by the courts. I know you emotional right now, but dont make make claims when you dont have full information. Your country is already embarrassed by this revelation, Dont make comments and compound the situation for yourselfRecommend

  • Sakina Kavi
    May 6, 2013 - 1:45PM

    @india shia true and surely action shud be taken against the ill treatment of pakistani prisoner, Sannaullah in indian jails as well.!!

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  • Punjaagi
    May 6, 2013 - 1:45PM

    @Water Bottle:
    A guy convicted for murdering 14 innocent human beings is not a terrorist. lmao. You’re the best bro. So, what you been smokinRecommend

  • Mr T
    May 6, 2013 - 1:47PM

    This is funny. Just when the poor indians got a chance to bash us Pakistanis the RAW report robs them of this pleasure by declaring sarabjit actually was a spy on a terror mission. ha ha ha. Sorry indians, may be some other day. For the time being, you can sulk in your hypocrisy.

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  • GhostRider
    May 6, 2013 - 1:49PM

    @Water Bottle:
    By your definition Ajmal Kasab is not a terrorist either!!! I feel pity at your self righteous attitude which has deluded you to an extent that you negate your own statements

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  • Indian
    May 6, 2013 - 1:49PM

    @Shah (Berlin): Sarabjit Singh was a clear case of mistaken identity. He wasn’t convicted by any Pakistan court. What evidence does Pakistan have to call Sarbajit a terrorist?

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  • Imran Haider
    May 6, 2013 - 1:53PM

    Forget the Indians, as they are busy defending their lost moral ground (Like Water Bottle above; bravo, dude, for sticking your head in sand).

    But what about the Pakistani Pakistan-haters, who have been bashing Pakistan for the wrong reason now?

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 1:54PM

    @Water Bottle:

    “Sarabjit is not a terrorist. perhaps he was a spy, I don’t know.”

    I replied to you an hour ago , but ET EXCLUDED my blog comment.

    I am trying again , this time just commenting briefly on all that you keep on saying .

    Almost every Indian for years had known he was a spy sent to Pakistan.
    And you , with all your self presumed intellect and knowledge and understanding of facts , all you want to say is that “Perhaps he was a spy , I dont know”.

    It shows all you know.

    Just go and visit the blogs of your own Indian news sites for a change.

    Instead of coming here and wasting our time , for once , please for the sake of the brain which you claim so superior to others , go and read what your FELLOW INDIANS are writing in their blogs on INDIAN NEW SITES.

    Life will become very easy for us Pakistanis if there are more people like you in India , who probably blog on our sites blind folded….Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 2:00PM

    @Indian:
    The evidence that he was caught RED HANDED on Pakistani soil !!!!

    A highly accurate Pakistani conviction which is today PROVED BY INDIAN SOURCES !!!

    First wake up , then GROW UP !!

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  • Imran Haider
    May 6, 2013 - 2:03PM

    @Water Bottle (and other frineds from India), get out of your state of denial. It is one thing to be patriotic to one’s country, and another to accept the mistakes it made. These things are not mutually exclusive. Learn from the new Pakistan, as we are getting out of it after a long and blood soaked episode. It is a time to reflect and mend our collective ways, not defending a convict.

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  • Sad but true.....
    May 6, 2013 - 2:04PM

    @Indian:

    Good please defend a bomber…..Shev Sina will be very happy with you….

    that guy was not a mistaken Identity he was a RAW agent send on a mission to plant a bomb in Pakistan….SIMPLE ……whts do difficult to understand here…

    Im not saying that he derserved dieing in a jail through an assault…no no no..But start India should start accepting its Evil jobs as well…

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  • Indian
    May 6, 2013 - 2:14PM

    GhostRider: “By your definition Ajmal Kasab is not a terrorist either!!!”

    Ajmal Kasab was caught red handed on live television. Sarabjit Singh case was that of mistaken identity. The FIR logged in Pakistan clearly mentions Manjit Singh as the wanted and NOT Sarabjit Singh.

    India has evidences against Pakistani nationals who carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks,2007 Mumbai Train Bombings, 2001 Parliament Attack, Bombings in Delhi, Kashmir and many other places in India. India has always shared these evidences with Pakistan as well as international community.

    What evidence does Pakistan have to call Sarbajit a terrorist?

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  • Pakistani
    May 6, 2013 - 2:14PM

    @Water Bottle:
    A complete state of denial… yes, what happened to him is very very wrong and prisoners who killed him should be punished but to defend him for killing innocent people is the height of hypocricy…

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 2:15PM

    @Imran Haider:

    “@Water Bottle (and other frineds from India), get out of your state of denial. It is one thing to be patriotic to one’s country, and another to accept the mistakes it made. “

    Well, my friend from pakistan. You are the one in denial. Or perhaps deliberately lying. Read about Sarabjit’s trial and please mention here one piece of evidence that was found against him. Just one single piece of evidence that he was involved in the bombing.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 2:17PM

    @Asif Butt:

    “The evidence that he was caught RED HANDED on Pakistani soil !!!!”

    I don’t think you understand the meaning of RED HANDED. Why don’t you explain how he was caught RED HANDED?

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 2:19PM

    @Asif Butt:

    “Almost every Indian for years had known he was a spy sent to Pakistan.
    And you , with all your self presumed intellect and knowledge and understanding of facts , all you want to say is that “Perhaps he was a spy , I dont know”.

    It shows all you know.”

    I am sorry. All Indians is equal to 1.2 billion people. No. Not all Indians knew. I did not know and I do not know now.

    If you are assuming that I work for RAW, please, RAW would hire someone who would make far fewer grammatical mistakes.

    However, I am willing to give the benefit of doubt to HT and accept that He might have been a spy.

    A spy is not a terrorist.

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 2:28PM

    @Indian:

    Oh so we are Sherlock Holmes now huh ?

    Dear Indian , I dont want to be rude here , but I think you need to back off now , regarding this news article.

    Why you need to back off , is as follows :-

    1) You Indians celebrated the funeral of a Spy.

    2) The mother/sister/family were so firm when they kept cursing Pakistan on TV , that their son/brother/father Mr. Singh had just strayed by mistake into Pakistan. But your own INDIAN SOURCES shed light on who Sarabjit Singh really was.

    3) So many Indians commented today that a Spy in not a Terrorist . But do you and all those Indians know what India or ANY COUNTRY does to a spy ? Specially among ARCH RIVALS ?

    4) NO SINGLE INDIAN has yet condemned the STATE LEVEL CELEBRATION of the so called MARTYRDOM of Sarabjit Singh . Does that in any way suggest that its not just the Indian Government but the ENTIRE NATION which has DOUBLE STANDARDS ?

    5) Does that give us license to declare all Pakistani spies who are dead as MARTYRS as well ?

    You know brother , media is getting strong throughout the world with time. You cannot bury anything anymore for long. This is what Pakistan has been saying about India for decades. You guys are used to crying more than just healing the wounds.

    The death of Sarabjit Singh is NOT JUSTIFIABLE. The related guilty should be tried in a court of law and they should be executed, if possible lawfully .

    Other than this , keep dreaming Sir …..

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 2:33PM

    @Water Bottle:

    I dont think it is You or Me who will decide what is true and what is false. There are procedures defined for this under appropriate ministries.

    And it doesnt matter if you are willing or not to give benefit of doubt to anything.

    Why do you keep saying the same old lame thing again and again. A spy is not a terrorist , a spy is not a terrorist ….. ?

    What is a Spy ? And what does the Indian legal system do to a spy ? What does the US law do to spies ? What do the MAJORITY of nations do to spies ?

    Please , instead of arguing over spilt milk , go read some material regarding Treason and its Legislature.

    And thank you for visiting Pakistani websites , please do come back again …

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  • ZYZE ( U.K )
    May 6, 2013 - 2:45PM

    A spy is only spy , until he dont kill anyone, when he kill innocent people he became terrorist.
    So please dont make stupid excuses for a terroirst, face the reality and accept it.

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 2:57PM

    @ZYZE ( U.K ):

    Did you ever call Raymond Davis a terrorist ?

    Sitting in UK , you want to make absolute judgments regarding what happened in Pakistan many years back …..Recommend

  • MMH
    May 6, 2013 - 3:04PM

    If he was sentence to death, he should have been punished accordingly. No person should have the right to take someone else life. Even if it means that he or she is a criminal/spy sentenced to death.

    I agree with my Indian counterparts, regardless of who he was and what crime he committed, prisoners in the jail should be tried and punished according to the law. No one should have the right to talk the law into their own hands. This is what we the new generation of Pakistani’s are fighting for, Justice for all, this is what we want in Naya Pakistan.

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  • Manoj(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 3:07PM

    “Some of the operations executed by the RAW during the period were totally ‘MINDLESS’. Spies like Singh and their family have paid ‘HUGE COST’ for it. Sometimes, the agency officials executed operations out of ‘PERSONAL BRAVADO’, that they can get ‘SOMETHING’ done in Pakistan”

    If Sarabjit was a SPY and also a TERRORIST. then Indian government have to reveal this to Indian Public(Public domain).We Indian public eagerly awaiting to know the truth and we demand government of India to reveal the truth.Let us not hide anything let it be open, Indian people want to know what their governments are doing and have done in the past.

    If Sarabjit was also a “TERRORIST” and not just a “SPY” who killed innocent civilians of Pakistan then I as a Indian ask forgiveness from the families of people of Pakistan who were injured and killed in the bomb blasts.”Was Indian government’s RAW involved in the act of bomb blast or was it Sarabjits own idea only investigation has to prove.”

    Whether Sarabjit should have been pardoned if he was involved in bomb blast due to diplomacy, I think in this case decision should have been left to president of Pakistan.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 3:08PM

    @Asif Butt:

    “**@ZYZE ( U.K ):

    Did you ever call Raymond Davis a terrorist ?

    Sitting in UK , you want to make absolute judgments regarding what happened in Pakistan many years back …..**

    Man, Asif, can’t you understand? ZYZE is supporting your argument and you are accusing him of supporting Raymond Davis?

    Don’t read comments in a hurry.

    Go back and read all he comments slowly 10 times.

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  • NJ
    May 6, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Agent and terrorist gets State funeral in INDIA so call Democracy

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 3:16PM

    @Manoj(Indian):

    Very noble and heart touching. You should not be appreciated as a mere Indian , but as an excellent human.

    11 points out of 10 Sir …

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  • MMH
    May 6, 2013 - 3:19PM

    @Water Bottle

    Read my comment and add into what I have said, a spy caught, his punishment is life sentence and death.

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 3:21PM

    @Water Bottle:
    You must seriously tell me what you have for breakfast coz i want to avoid having that in my life.

    What I said to him was purely IMPARTIAL based on what he had written there. It has got nothing to do with friend or foe. It is about saying the right thing or saying the wrong thing ( or saying the confusing things in his case )

    And you Mr Smart Alexx , what I said represented the fact that I do not want to use the word terrorist or debate over the prospect of Sarabjit Singh being a terrorist. neither does this article of ET relate to Sarabjit Singh being a terrorist. Its about him being an AGENT of RAW.

    And for Pakistan , a RAW AGENT is even worse than a terrorist , mind you.

    You keep prescribing your famous take 10 times tablets. But we have been offering just a 1 tablet remedy for you all this while.

    Just try shutting up for only 1 time . :)

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 3:21PM

    @NJ:

    “Agent and terrorist gets State funeral in INDIA so call Democracy”

    No. Only those falsely accused of terrorism who garner nation’s attention and sympathy get a state funeral.

    By the way, the elections are near, I wouldn’t give a lot of importance to the state funeral but as vote politics.

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  • May 6, 2013 - 3:29PM

    Yeah our judiciary and law enforcing agencies got the right man.We know it.

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  • vasan
    May 6, 2013 - 3:30PM

    What a pity. Most paklstanis cant differentiate between terrorism and spying. Is hafiz sayeed a spy or a terrorist. Is kasab a spy or terrorist. Spies dont terrorize and terrorist dont spy, they just bomb.

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  • Pakind
    May 6, 2013 - 3:48PM

    What I will write may not appeal to everyone, but since 1947 both India and pakistan having been fighting with each other for many many reasons . The fact is we are both very uncivilized nations having plenty of problems like poverty , illiteracy etc . It’s better to forget about existence of each other for next 30 yrs , no trade, no relation , no visa just concentrate on problems at home. Maybe this period of seeing no faces of each other will do us good and dissolve the bitterness we carry in our minds and hearts. The more someone tries to bring fighting couple which have too much bitterness the more bad blood it creates .

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    May 6, 2013 - 3:57PM

    @Indian:
    Show us the copy of FIR you are talking about. For all my Indian friends, most countries laws consider espionage as treason. And you know the punishment for that.

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  • Z Khan
    May 6, 2013 - 4:02PM

    Thanks God that the truth has come out and that too from Indians themselves that sarabjit was indeed a terrorist who was sent on a mission to kill as many innocent people as he could. now why our Govt is silent when the truth is out that he was sent by the Indian state to commit mass murder and terror?
    why was he kept for so long as some kind of a state guest for 23 long years? what about the miseries of those 20 innocent families who lost their loved ones forever because of this person?why were our so called Human Rights activists & beloved media people hellbent on giving this person the status of a saint?Pakistani govt, media and the so called Rights activists need to answer some serious questions.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 4:05PM

    @Asif Butt:

    Don’t lose your patience. Please be patient.

    Oh and I had beef for breakfast.

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  • Water Bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 4:10PM

    @Sajid Iqbal:

    “Show us the copy of FIR you are talking about. For all my Indian friends, most countries laws consider espionage as treason. And you know the punishment for that.”

    You do not understand the meaning of the word treason. Treason does not apply to an enemy citizen. (for Pakistan Sarabjit is an enemy citizen).

    To give you a more glaring example : Afzal Guru was tried for treason because he was Indian. Ajmal Kasab was tried for only waging a war against India and not for treason. Do you see the difference.

    However, if spying is punishable by death in Pakistan, we all Indians are okay with it. We have no problem.

    Our objection is to a farce of a trial where an innocent man was accused of killing innocent people without an ounce of evidence. In other words, Sarabjit should not have been tried for terrorism in the first place.

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  • Kazim Muneer
    May 6, 2013 - 4:13PM

    And mind you, Singh committed proven acts of terrorism in the 90’s when no such acts were taking place inside India. Interestingly, in recent talk shows on Indian TV (especially Times Now), numerous references were made to the so-called reaction of “Indian Public” vis-a-vis terrorist attacks within India, e.g., Parliament Building, Mumbai etc, but none of the participants, either from India or Pakistan, draw attention to the fact that Singh’s actions took place back in the 90’s prior to subsequent acts in India. He was a terrorist and it was a mistake of all the sitting Governments that they did not executed him earlier despite decision of the courts.

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  • Kazim Muneer
    May 6, 2013 - 4:16PM

    @Asif Butt: Who you are talking to Brother? Indians? That is a nation living in fantasy world created by Bollywood. So, the Indians must not only wake up and grow up, they must start living in the real World as well.

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  • Ahmed Chaudhry
    May 6, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Manjit, Surjit or Gulab Singh..,o Bashir Butt…Surjit could have used any identity. In his case he was sentenced not because he was a spy but a terrorist. If an FIR is registered against a spy it would be under assumed name and he may have false papers to conceal his real identity. He killed 14 innocents so he deserved to be punished no matter what his ancestry or the nationality.Being a spy is different then a terrorist and most of Muslims caught in India are Kashmiries and should only be treated as political prisoners and not as terrorists..The fact of the matter is Indian media and Indian state are pathological liars and not believable. Now after the case of two species being admitted after either dead or release we know the truth…Now if there is a true innocent Indian caught he will get punished just like the terrorists because Indian state and media are not trust worthy. The funny thing most of Pakistan media believed or presented his case he was a poor jat who went to his dera and lost his way and ended up hundred of miles across the border in Multan, Lahore and Toba without knowing where he was!

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  • Alee
    May 6, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Hindu Jangos will keep on piercing us by using either sikhs or muslims in order to accomplish their nefarious desires. while doing so they achieve two goals 1st get the job done and 2nd keep our relations strained with these PAK loving minorities. RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS WING (RAW) hmmmm very smart.

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  • Bigb(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 4:55PM

    If Sarabjit were to be a SPY, a RAW agent then it was right to honor Sarabjit singh by the government of India/Punjab,but if he were to be a “Terrorist”,then It would be wrong on Indian government/Punjab to honor him.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 6, 2013 - 4:57PM

    @Manoj(Indian):

    “We Indian public eagerly awaiting to know the truth and we demand government of India to reveal the truth.Let us not hide anything let it be open, Indian people want to know what their governments are doing and have done in the past.”

    Here is “one sample of what your government did in the past in Sri Lanka, and caused havoc there for 30 longs years in which tens of thousands of innocent died”, and now doing the same evil thing in Pakistan using TTP and BLA terrorist outfits.

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    May 6, 2013 - 5:00PM

    @Manoj(Indian):

    To be honest. This is the way it should be done. And if Pakistan is envolved in such activities the same should be done.

    NO double standards…

    I agree with you…..:)

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    May 6, 2013 - 5:01PM

    @Sajid Iqbal:

    Excellent point raised…
    Most of the countries including most of the Democracies just execute the spy….period…

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  • Indian
    May 6, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Pakistani Lawyer Awais Sheikh has written a book titled “Sarabjit Singh- A case of mistaken identity”. This book has complete details on Sarabjit’s case as well as many other prisoners in jails of India and Pakistan belonging to either country.

    Besides this, Awais Sheikh has copies of documentations to prove Sarabjit’s Real Name was Sarabjit and NOT ‘Manjit Singh’ as filed in the FIR of the 1990 Bombings in Pakistan.

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  • Mohabbat
    May 6, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Imagene how many more RAW igents will be there in Pakistan right now
    The doing same thing what they did in 1971 RAW and Mojib mobs were killing and Raping and blamed on Pakistan Army.
    Wake up close indain embassy in pakistan and aslo close our embassy in india

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  • Ahmed
    May 6, 2013 - 5:29PM

    A spy remains a spy until he or she is under cover. Once uncovered and caught then due process should take its course. The judgement of all courts are legal precedents. The judgement in Sarabjit’s case is a precedent too. There should be no bickering at all.

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  • ehsan malik
    May 6, 2013 - 5:36PM

    He certainly should not have died this way, He should have been hanged to bring some sort of closer to his victims families. Shame on part of our media for portraying him as innocent and human rights organisations who were fighting for his release.
    When are we going to learn from our mistakes.

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  • Usman Ali
    May 6, 2013 - 6:17PM

    This is why we need Imran Khan, PML-N, PPP have weakened this country from within to the extent we can’t even articulate our position, let alone defend it, we are so weak that we apologaize for a spy and a terrorist…. Bravo Pakistan keep voting PML-N, and PPP, A Nation gets the leaders it deserves.

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  • Jat
    May 6, 2013 - 6:21PM

    The truth about Sarabjit Singh has been known to both sides and I dont want to say anymore, as he is no more. Most of Indians and Pakistanis who live close to the Indo-Pak border know the truth. What I can tell you for sure is, that he was no terrorist.

    The story in HT has been planted by the Congress to try and lessen the anger being felt by us Indians. It is the dirty tricks deptt of Congress doing its dirty deed. The fact is, we Indians are more angry at our corrupt and meek leadership in this matter. And the Congress has lost the plot and their chance to see Rahul as PM.

    Nothing new here, just usual dirty politics. You Pakistanis better concentrate on “your house on fire” and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

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  • Asif Butt
    May 6, 2013 - 6:28PM

    @Water Bottle:

    This is not a case of HISTORY. This is current affairs , so you go prepare for your history exams without dragging anyone else into it.

    And how can you call it “farce trial”. Out of all the rationality & logic which you have been crying about all morning , you just end up like a child calling names.

    Failed state ? Then what are you afraid of ? Why even come to the blogs of a failed state ? Why not do something about this failed state ? Cant help it ? Oh I am so sorry ….

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  • Asad
    May 6, 2013 - 6:40PM

    @ Every Indian:
    There are videos available where Sarbajeet confessed that he has carries out attack. I condemn attack from his inmates. But can you justify Indian government given Guard of honor to Sarabjit Singh?
    And where are the ones who called Sarbajeet innocent?

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  • Asad
    May 6, 2013 - 6:57PM

    @Jat:
    Stop making lame excuses now. He accepted it http://www.sikhsiyasat.net/2013/05/05/video-of-sarabjits-confession-for-5-blasts-in-pakistan-appear-on-youtube/
    And we are well concerned about our situation and we will InshAllah overcome this as well :)
    But I second you on your statement “dirty politics” and we are all victim of it.

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  • Mountain(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 6:57PM

    ‘SPY’ is treated as “Prisoner of War”,and has to be sent back to his country.India returned 90,000 prisoners of war in the year 1971 when Pakistan lost a war with India and Bangladesh (Mujibur Rehman).One has to know the difference between a “SPY”, “Terrorist” and a “Soldier”.Terrorist kills innocent civilians using bombs,grenades,rocket launchers and guns,soldier kills another soldier in a war,a “SPY” provides information about other countries who are enemies and friends and A SPY doesn’t kill people only in certain cases to protect himself.

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  • Stranger
    May 6, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @Salman: Spies are not an Indian innovation. there have been spies even in 10000 B.C.
    All countries send ‘spies’ in some form or the other . Whats new. What do u mean by saying -India has admitted to this. Real face of India blah blah.

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  • Wajahat
    May 6, 2013 - 7:49PM

    Good keep fighting. Poor of Pakistan fights with poor of india. Majority of both country people lack basic necessities.

    Any time when 2 nations come close some thing happens and we go to point zero again.

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  • Khalid
    May 6, 2013 - 7:58PM

    what if the spy is on the mission of planting bombs??

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  • javaid iqbal randhawa
    May 6, 2013 - 8:15PM

    He was a spy. ok He killed 14 Pakistanis so he was terrorist also. spy+ terrorist means dual purpose. So we give him name spy terrorist. He was Surbjeet sing no no Manjeet sing. Next time Indians should send their spy terrorist with identity cards in their pocket so when they are caught they should be easily recognized and no confusion may arise between Manjeet sing or Surbjeet sing.

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  • Nero
    May 6, 2013 - 8:24PM

    It would have been really funny to read all the comments, if it was not patently tragic.

    First, dear ET: What are your sources? Do you want us to believe that Indian intelligence told the media that Sarabjit was a spy after he is dead and gone? What purpose would it serve for them? They can’t even trade him for anyone (e.g. a Pakistani agent) anymore. What’s the point? There is one offcourse -some people are not happy with the little soul searching people started doing about the way he died. Go figure.

    Second, its really interesting that people who won’t trust their police with 1 rupee, are so eager to trust the same police when it labels someone a “terrorist”. Its not just Sarabjit. It continues to happen everyday with hundreds of Pakistanis too.

    Third, if anyone had cared to research his trial you would know what farce it was: declaration signed in police station without magistrate – no problem! got the identity wrong – no problem! “witness” recants completely – no problem! state appointed lawyer doesn’t turn up for appeals – no problem, we will throw out the appeal and convict him anyway. Calling him a “terrorist” is a joke.

    The last is the most tragic issue. Precisely because it happens to hundreds of Pakistanis everyday. Forget Sarabjit. He is dead and gone. May be he was a spy. big deal! Both countries have several of them.

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  • Hamid Mir
    May 6, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Tip tip tip…. somebody to plz wipe my tears.. :)

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  • Khaksar
    May 6, 2013 - 8:41PM

    At least we are honest about it. We don’t lie.

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  • qasim
    May 6, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Express tribune should be pro Pakistan not serving indian interest.

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  • Aman Ki Asha(indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 9:10PM

    @qasim:
    If you want Express Tribune to be biased(pro Pakistan) and not candid then Indians will not visit Express Tribune and there will not be ‘PEOPLE TO PEOPLE’ and OPEN BORDERS between India and Pakistan and we will go WAR for small issues over Suspicion and Mistrust.

    People of Pakistan should know we Indias and Pakistanis share a same common history from the time of Indus Valley Civilization

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  • sure?
    May 6, 2013 - 9:33PM

    @Salman: Quotes from an unknown source stating what? That India has spies in Pakistan. Of course it does as I am sure Pakistan has in India. For countries that have been at war so many times, it would be stupid if they did not. But the notion that Sarabjit was a spy based on the unknown source is a far stretch. Even in this story, he was not employed by R&AW but simply paid some contract lump sum in cash. Nice story that cannot be contradicted by showing RAW records that he was not an employee.

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  • sundeep
    May 6, 2013 - 9:52PM

    @M: How this prove that Sarabjeet was involved in terrorism or RAW is involved in terrorism.. Spies are send to other country for gathering information or to get secrets of other countries. Every country in the world have spies.

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  • vine bottle
    May 6, 2013 - 9:58PM

    @Water Bottle:
    He was not a terrorist. He killed only ,,,, how many? ,, 14 people.. Yes I agree he was not a terrorist.

    Sanullah was a terrorist, bcoz he was a pakistani.

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  • Vicky(Indian)
    May 6, 2013 - 10:02PM
  • Rex Minor
    May 6, 2013 - 11:12PM

    Balony, all forin embassies in Pakisan has got spies and thy have diplomatic immunity. Why must India send a poor farmer to do the work that any embassy staff can perfom without much dificulty? A cover up story by the indian Newspaper and with what pupos. I know as I see his picture;he was an innocent human an deserved to be padoned.

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  • Academic.
    May 6, 2013 - 11:41PM

    Please change the textbooks…otherwise this will go on and on and on.

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  • Truth
    May 7, 2013 - 12:03AM

    It became obvious when PM Manmohan Singh called him “Brave son of Soil” and termed “barbaric act” for Pakistan. While he remained quiet for similar “Barbaric Act” against Sanullah. Shouldn’t he be saying similar words….Double standards in politics. In addition, India media was biased using words like “India as civilized nation teaching rogue nation” about treatment of prisoners. It was painful to compare two events and full of biases.

    India is a largest market to sell products and jobs, which makes it happy with so-called title Democracy, while it has higher population of right wing elements whether Hindu v/s Muslim, Maos, Sikh, Tamil…India lost its freedom of press numbering in recent 2013 report, which shows how Indian state has controlled over media, India never allows reporters getting access to many regions, Because IT IS A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.

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  • Nadeem
    May 7, 2013 - 12:17AM

    @Mindful(Indian):
    Dude he killed 14 people, still he was not a terrorist? You gu
    ys are something.

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  • G. Din
    May 7, 2013 - 1:43AM

    @Aman Ki Asha(indian):
    People of Pakistan should know we Indias and Pakistanis share a same common history from the time of Indus Valley Civilization”
    Sharing a common history is a happenstance and does not make you brothers or enemies per se. All the nations of the world share one history – world history. So what does it prove? Let us shed this “bhai-bhai”ism and be have like normal adults do without trying to smother each other by bear hugs!

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  • truth be told indian
    May 7, 2013 - 2:12AM

    If its true then its extremely sad and as an average Indian, I completely oppose any such adventure by Indian government and its spy agencies. Hope the officials are taken to task for it.

    Yet, it would have been better if he was hanged and given a solders death rather than his head broken into two by bricks and rods.

    I also feel extremely sad that such incidence was repeated in Jammu jail. I am hoping that jail officials responsible in Jammu are dealt with in accordance to the constitution.

    I hope, Pakistan does the same with Mumbai attackers and Lahore jail officials.

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  • Observer
    May 7, 2013 - 3:19AM

    @Nadeem:

    “Dude he killed 14 people, still he was not a terrorist? You gu
    ys are something.”

    Sarabjit was framed for the terror attacks. He might have been a spy but all the evidence shows he did not commit the bombings. I am sure you want to know the truth. Please read:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarabjit_Singh

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  • Ali Khan
    May 7, 2013 - 4:04AM

    @Water Bottle:

    Ok he was not a terrorest he was a spy that dosent change a thing calling him terrorest becos
    he killed 16 inocent civilians in mulltipel bomb blasts his act against human makes him 100% terrorest Recommend

  • bilal
    May 7, 2013 - 3:01PM

    as confirmed by the Indian resources that sarabjit was a spy. if he was a spy what was he doing in Pakistan and why Indian government is sending their spies to Pakistan. Indian friends stop defending him. he killed innocent Pakistanis and ajmal kasab was a terrorist who killed so many innocent lives which was a sad incident and even all Pakistanis condemned the cruelty of few minds who are disturbing the peace in this region. please I request you all friends to get over it and start working towards the development of this region

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  • MJ
    May 8, 2013 - 1:37AM

    To all the Indian commentators who are insisting that it was mistaken identity “The FIR logged in Pakistan clearly mentions Manjit Singh as the wanted and NOT Sarabjit Singh.” Do you believe spies actually operate under their real names?? Do you think spies walk around with National ID cards, matriculation certificates etc to prove their identities?

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  • Zain Dar
    May 8, 2013 - 3:17AM

    Vasan says: Spying in enemy lands have been going on from time immemorial.

    I say: So has been execution of spies going on from time immemorial.

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  • vasan
    May 8, 2013 - 5:51AM

    Zain dar : State execution of spies is not the same as brutal attack by the coprisoners. That is what is being commented upon by many.

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  • Denis
    May 10, 2013 - 8:05AM

    @bilal:
    Not sure abt the spy part as that will always remain unclear.. However, im an indian and agree on the peace part..

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  • Danish Xuberi
    May 12, 2013 - 7:17PM

    wake up call for the Aman Ki Asha people…I am changing my earlier ideological stance of befreinding the neighbour to much previous ideological stance of “shoot first ask later.” and “offence is the defence”…this is a cruel world where there is no place for the meek. stop being apologetic and come out on an aggressive footing play on the front foot…..soft image be damned…..Pakistan tried to build its soft image but nothing came out of it. let us show some spine now.

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  • deepak singh
    Jun 17, 2013 - 6:07PM

    give me one chancege

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