Sarabjit Singh: Indian spy dies at Lahore
By Zaheerul Hassan
49 years old Indian terrorist and RAW Spy Sarabjit Singh died of cardiac arrest at Jinnah Hospital Lahore late on Thursday after being comatose for nearly a week following an assault by other inmates identified as Rizwan and Amir who attacked Sarabjit — were on the death row. His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former President Pervez Musharraf.
According to Mahmood Shaukat the doctor on duty, head of a medical board that was supervising Sarabjit’s treatment, he received a call from the doctor on duty (at Jinnah Hospital) at 1 am (1:30 IST) informing me that Sarabjit is no more. He also added that Singh died of cardiac arrest, despite doctors several unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate him. The officials of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said they had been informed by officials of Jinnah Hospital about Sarabjit’s death. However, the authorities were yet to decide on conducting an autopsy on Sarabjit’s body.
Rizwan and Amir reportedly told the investigators that they had attacked Sarabjit because he had allegedly carried out bomb attacks in Lahore and killed many innocent people and left several other injured.
Later, the Kot Lakhpat Police registered a case against two prisoners under the offence of murdering Sarabjit.
Singh was convicted for his involvement in serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad in 1990. In these bomb blasts 14 innocent individuals were killed and several injured. He also confessed of carrying out the bomb blasts as directed by RAW. Therefore, basing on his confessional statement in the courts, he was awarded death sentence in 1991. The relatives of victims of Indian Spy’s terrorism have many times demanded his speedy trial and hanging in the case of brutally killing innocent Pakistanis.
Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur and sister Dalbir Kaur, reached Lahore on April 28 on a 15-day visa – but abruptly cut short their visit and returned to India citing the poor health of one of Sarabjit’s daughters as the reason. Reportedly, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur returned to India to campaign for her brother’s release.
From the entire episode, starting from blasts and subsequent killings of Sarabjits, one can conclude how painful for a family is to hear the news of the death of their loved ones (whether it is the Singh’s family or the families of his bomb blasts victims).
In fact, Indian Intelligence has deliberately selected and launched an individual from Sikh community for carrying out bomb blasts in neighbouring Pakistan. In this regard RAW’s likely objectives were to foment terrorism in Pakistan and at the same time to pitch Muslim and Sikh community against each other. It was a classic eye opener case that reveals the true Hindutva mindset of Indian elite. Devender Pal Singh death sentence does endorse my observation about prevailing extremism in Hindu community. Indian media always becomes vibrant against Pakistan but is deadly quite over Indian Supreme Court awarding death sentence to Devender Pal Singh and hanging of Afzal Ghru and his illegal burial in Jail courtyard.
Notably, on 12 April 2013, India’s Supreme Court ordered the execution of Devender Pal Singh Bhullar liberator and rejected his mercy appeal. This verdict of court will lead to more death sentences being carried out.
Devender Singh is from North-Western Punjab who was convicted over a car bombing in New Delhi in 1993. He had appealed for his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment on the grounds that he had spent two decades on death row. He was an active hardcore member of Khalistan movement and always opposed Congress Government’s policies against minorities.
Indian media has turned blind eye towards the demand of punishment for another RAW’s agent Col Prohit who was involved in Samjhota express blasts, but it was progressive enough to start yelling for a terrorist who killed 14 individuals in Pakistan. Here, I would like to ask our electronic and print media to do their part of job and air the interviews of relatives of those innocents who became the victims of the terrorist act of Sarabjit and Col Prohit instead only projecting the programs like; Aman kee Asha, Indian ads, Indian culture promotion and Indian movies for the sake of money.
The family of Sarabjit Singh should highlight this tragedy within Sikh community that Sikhs might not be launched for espionage and militancy in Pakistan. Any such like activities creates hatred and fissures in Sikh and Muslim communities in Pakistan where most of their sacred religious places are located. As result of Indian policy of fomenting terrorism and launching Sikhs individuals for espionage activities in Pakistan, Pakistani might start doubting those Sikhs who come for pilgrimage and other religious ceremonies. Sikhs and Muslim community located all over the world should also raise voice against Indian policy of killing two birds with one stone.
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