Sarabjit Singh’s death: Sukhbir Singh Badal flays Centre

'Lethargic approach' of Cong is behind the 'murder' of Indian citizens in Pakistan: Badal

Written by PTI | Chandigarh | Published:May 2, 2013 8:18 pm

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today held the UPA government responsible for Sarabjit Singh’s death in Pakistan and said “lethargic approach” of Congress was behind the “murder” of Indian citizens in Pakistan.

Demanding an independent inquiry in the “cold blooded murder” of Sarabjit in a Lahore jail,Badal said,an inquiry by the International Committee of Red Cross was imperative to expose the human rights violations in this case.

“India should put pressure on Pakistan for an independent probe into Sarabjit’s death. The way he was butchered in the jail is a direct violation of human rights. International Committee of the Red Cross should be involved,” he said.

Despite repeatedly raising this issue for the past several years,the UPA government did not pay any heed,while the family of Sarabjit fought at their own levels to save him.

Meanwhile,expressing grief over the tragic death of Sarabjit Singh,former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said,it was a cold blooded murder of an Indian prisoner.

“Just because he had been sentenced to death,did not give anyone the licence to lynch him and government of Pakistan failed in its duty to protect him,” he said in a strongly worded statement here.

It is more than clear that the brutal attack on Sarabjit was properly planned and executed after the authorities there,sanctioned it,he said.

“It is an authorised cold blooded murder,which must be condemned by one and all,” Amarinder said adding,even condemned prisoners are entitled to protection,which was unfortunately denied to Sarabjit.

It reflected poorly not only on the government of Pakistan,but its judiciary as well since Sarabjit was supposed to be in the custody of the judiciary,which had convicted and sentenced him to death,Singh said.

“Just because the man was sentenced to death does not mean he should be lynched,as his death had been indefinitely stayed by the Pakistan government,” he said.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa expressed deep shock and dismay over the death of Sarabjit Singh.

“Sarabjit Singh was victim of mistaken identity and people in India strongly feel that he was innocent. The whole nation mourns his demise,” he said.

Describing the death of the Indian prisoner as “a cold blooded murder”,Bajwa expressed concern over the safety of other prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the issue with Pakistan government.

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