June 28, 2012

Surjeet Singh released from Pak Jail after 31 Years

 Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh was released from Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail on Thursday after staying 31 years in captivity. He reached the Wagah border of Pakistan side in the morning to come back to his home. 

Surjeet Singh was serving a life term in Pakistan jail following his arrest on charges of spying in 1980s. Pak police escorted the 69-year old to the Wagah border, where he will be handed over to Indian authorities today. 

The family members of Surjeet Singh are in a mood to celebrate after he would touch Indian soil. 

Along with him, over 300 Indian fishermen would walk free out of Pakistan after they were released on Wednesday from Karachi jail. The fishermen were in Pakistan custody for violating Pakistan's territorial water off the coast of Gujarat.

Surjeet's release could upset Sarabjit Singh's family, who had been waiting for a long time. Sarabjit Singh, another Indian prisoner, who is lodged in the same jail where Surjeet was put. 

Pakistan government played a midnight drama announcing the release of Surjeet Singh not Sarabjit Singh from the custody. The Indian media was stunned to see the development as Indian authorities had thanked their Pak counterparts for the safe release of Sarabjit, who was awarded the death sentence in 1990 Lahore serial blasts case. 

Pak government changed its decision moments after declaring the release of Sarabjit Singh. Later, Surjeet Singh's release was confirmed by the authorities.

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