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Family receives letter from Sarabjit
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Bhikiwind, September 6
The very first word, “Aslam-a- laikum” of the much awaited letter, written in Devnagri script by Sarabjit Singh, addressed to his sister gives credence to the claims of Canada based Mr Sheetal Das Kaler, Secretary, South Asian Human Rights Group, that he (Sarabjit) was forced to embrace Islam.

The letter was received here today by the family members of Sarabjit Singh, who is awaiting the execution of death sentence at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore, through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

In his missive, Sarbjit Singh said that he was hopeful that the Indian Government was making all efforts to get him clemency. He wrote that the senior officials of Indian Embassy met him and he was writing the letter in front of them.

Ms Sukhpreet Kaur, wife of Sarabjit, said she was happy to receive the letter and hoped and prayed to the Almighty for his early release and wished that he comes back home soon and take the responsibilities of his grown-up daughters.

The daughters of Sarbjit were happy to receive the letter and a freshly clicked photograph of their father. He looked healthy from the picture. Earlier, Sarbjit Singh would write about his precarious health in the jail. They said they had seen his photograph, which was 15 years old, and now at least they have received his fresh photograph.

Swapandeep said she was not only hopeful but also confident that his father would be released soon. Meanwhile three youth of the town, including one handicapped, on a tricycle went to the Golden Temple to pray for the early release of Sarbjit Singh.



Witness in Sarabjit case alleges threat

Islamabad, September 6
A key witness in the 1990 Lahore bomb blast case, in which Sarabjit Singh has been condemned to death by a Pakistani Court, has claimed that he has been threatened for having said that the Indian was innocent.

He asked the Pakistani Government to give him protection and that he would then speak the truth. Salim Shaukat today said that he had been threatened by two persons while he was returning home.

"I was coming home from my shop when two persons approached me and asked my name and then told me not to give interviews and say that Sarabjit is innocent," he told "Star News" from Lahore. — PTI



Pak denies assurance on Sarabjit issue

Islamabad, September 6
Pakistan denied an Indian media report that it had assured New Delhi that it would not execute an Indian convicted 14 years ago of spying and of carrying out a series of bomb attacks.

“We have not given any such assurance,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Muhammad Naeem Khan said, contradicting a report in The Hindu. — Reuters


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