March 17, 2008
The day has been quite eventful, atleast for the family members of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian languishing in a jail in Pakistan since the past 17 years.
Even as the family members have been running from pillar to post to urge the Indian authorities to intervene and request the authorities in Pakistan to accept his mercy plea, news about Pakistan’s caretaker Human Rights Minister, Ansar Burney issued a statement to the effect that he would not be facilitating Sarabjit’s release as Singh is a ‘terrorist’.
Sarabjit, an Indian facing death sentence in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in the 1990 blasts of Lahore and Multan (Pakistan), would be hanged unto death on April 1.
While Pakistan has set the date to hang the alleged Indian spy, Sarabjit’s family is trying to leave no stone unturned for his release.
What more, even the Indian Parliament could not star away from the issue and a debate sparked off over the government’s stand on the issue with suggestions flowing in from all quarters.
Amidst all this, it has dawned upon many that after all, may be the case has after all ‘weakened’- if not by the death of the Pakistani cricket fan (Khalid) who died under mysterious circumstances in an Indian jail, then by Kashmir Singh’s series of statements saying that he was after all an ‘Indian spy’.
According to many, while Kashmir Singh walked into the Indian Territory through the Wagah Border, his statements might make life difficult and death easy for this hitherto ‘companion’-sarabjit.
What is left to be seen is whether Sarabjit Singh is a Kashmir Singh in the making or not………