Posted On Friday, June 29, 2012 at 08:35:25 AM
Attari (Panjab): Minutes after he entered his homeland, Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh who spent over 30 years in Pakistani jails, admitted being a spy. “I was a RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) agent but no one bothered for me after I got arrested.
• Surjeet Singh (centre) was in Pakistani jails for 30 years; (below) Sarabjit’s family with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna
Don't ask too much otherwise the BSF (Border Security Force) will get annoyed,” he said after crossing the border on Thursday. Surjeet’s son Kulwinder said that the family had given up hope of seeing him again. “I was only three years old when he went missing.
This is the biggest day of my life,” Kulwinder said. Surjeet’s confession, however, raised concerns that the Pakistani government now may not release Sarabjit Singh (49) who is on death row in Pakistan. Sarabjit is convicted for carrying out serial bomb blasts in Punjab in 1990.
He has been in Pakistani jails for the past 21 years. Within seconds of Surjeet making his statement, BSF officials took him away to a room for a briefing. For past three decades, Surjeet (69) had contested the fact that he was a spy.
Surjeeet was arrested in Pakistan on spying charges in the early 1980s. Downplaying the Surjeet-Sarabjit fiasco, he said, “In Urdu, the way they write Sarabjit and Surjeet is almost the same.
This led to the confusion. Otherwise, everyone knew that the matter was regarding my release.” Perturbed by Pakistan’s goof-up, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday.
The minister told the family that New Delhi will take up the case before Islamabad very vigorously during the Secretary-level talks scheduled next month.