Sarabjit’s family returns,says PM must quit if he can’t bring back Indian citizen

Accuses Union govt of not doing enough,to go to New Delhi.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Amritsar | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:28 pm

Returning from Pakistan,Sarabjit Singh’s family on Wednesday accused the Centre of doing little for the death-row prisoner battling for his life after a brutal assault in a Lahore jail and said they will go to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and top leaders.

The family,which crossed over to India after meeting 49-year-old Sarabjit,who is comatose in a Lahore hospital after last week’s attack in jail,said his life can be saved if the Union government puts pressure on Pakistan to shift him to this country or abroad for better treatment.

The family will travel to Delhi and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi,External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid,Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and urge them to help save Sarabjit’s life by taking necessary steps. “I will tell the Prime Minister with folded hands that I have doubts about the treatment being given to Sarabjit in Pakistan,” Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur told reporters here.

“I am disappointed with the government. The Prime Minister should resign as he is not able to bring back an Indian citizen.You failed to protect your citizen… They (Pakistan) got freed (Pakistani citizen Dr Khalil) Chishti and you (India) released their other prisoners,” she said.

Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur,daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur and sister Dalbir crossed over into India from Lahore through land border on Wednesday. They had gone to Pakistan on a 15-day visa last Sunday,two days after Sarabjit was attacked in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Claiming that if Sarabjit receives the right treatment,he will be able to give an account of what happened to him at the hail,Dalbir said the assertion that Sarabjit is brain dead is wrong. “He is still critical,but it would be wrong to say that he is brain dead. He has sensations…he had blinked his right eye when we had touched him,” she said.

“I want the government to immediately step in. I want to bring him back. If Malala (Yousafzai) can be treated abroad,why not my brother. I have doubts about the treatment they are giving to him,but I have full confidence in the doctors back home,” Dalbir said.

She added that the family was not given a correct update on Sarabjit’s condition. “The doctors never consulted me. Whenever I asked for Sarabjit’s reports,they used to get angry. Doctors repeatedly told me not to argue,” she said.

Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur said: “My husband is in this state as the government did not take any action. If the government does not pay attention,if they don’t think the person belongs to India,then they have hurt not only us but India. They should bring back my husband.” One of Sarabjit’s daughters,while demanding that her father be brought back,said: “There was no cooperation from the Pakistani side.”

Dalbir also said that she was tipped off about threats to her life in Pakistan. “I was told by the forces there that in Pakistan I face a threat. I told them that I will leave these children (Sarabjit’s children) and then come back,” she said. To another question,she said if the Centre’s intentions are honest,they can put pressure on Pakistan and bring back Sarabjit. A team of Indian doctors accompanied by high ranking Indian officials should be sent to Pakistan,she added.

Dalbir also claimed that the attack on Sarabjit could be linked with the polls in Pakistan and that the it was carried out to benefit some political outfits. “The accused should be handed over to India,who were those people who handed over the articles used in the crime…nobody has been suspended,no jail inmate has been held so far. I have learnt from sources that nobody has been arrested,” she added.

Claiming that Pakistan had failed to provide security to Sarabjit inside jail despite threats to his life,Dalbir said: “Our government had spent Rs 54 crore to ensure (Mumbai terror attack convict) Ajmal Kasab’s security… But the way Sarabjit was attacked by six persons,though they take names of only two,shows conspiracy in the entire incident. We also want to know where have the other four attackers gone missing.”

On investigations being carried out by Pakistan,Dalbir described it as a “mere eye wash”. “So far,the government has not suspended any of the officers accountable for the attack and neither have they arrested any of the six prisoners who attacked Sarabjit,” she added.

sister on fast

Amritsar: Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur on Wednesday went on fast demanding that her brother,who is battling for life after a brutal assault in a Pakistani jail,be shifted to India or abroad for better treatment. “I am upset with the Indian Government as it never took stern step to save my brother…I will not eat food till he is repatriated to India or shifted to a hospital abroad for a better treatment,” said Dalbir Kaur,who reached here on Wednesday after meeting 49-year-old Sarabjit,who is comatose in a Lahore hospital.

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