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Updated: May 3, 2013 01:36 IST

Pakistan didn’t heed our plea: PM

Gargi Parsai
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Swapandeep Kaur, daughter of Sarabjit Singh, breaks down while talking to the media at Wagah border on Wednesday. The Indian death row prisoner died in Lahore early Thursday.
Swapandeep Kaur, daughter of Sarabjit Singh, breaks down while talking to the media at Wagah border on Wednesday. The Indian death row prisoner died in Lahore early Thursday.

Parliament on Thursday expressed shock and sorrow over the death of death-row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a hospital in Pakistan.

Outside Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was “deeply saddened” by the demise of a “brave son of India” and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs. 25 lakh to Sarabjit’s family. “The nation shares their profound grief with them,” he said in a statement.

The Prime Minister regretted that “the government of Pakistan did not heed the pleas of the Indian government, Sarabjit’s family and civil society in India and Pakistan to take a humanitarian view of this case.”

He said, “He was a valiant son of India who bore his tribulations with fortitude. The criminals responsible for the barbaric and murderous attack on him must be brought to justice.”

Both Houses adopted resolutions — moved by the Chair — condemning the “inhuman treatment” meted out to Sarabjit in jail, where he was brutally assaulted by fellow inmates last week, and expressed the hope that the culprits would be brought to book. The resolution was moved by Speaker Meira Kumar in the Lok Sabha and by Chairman Hamid Ansari in the Rajya Sabha.

“This House expresses its deep sense of shock and sorrow at the sad demise of Shri Sarabjit Singh, an Indian citizen in Jinnah Hospital, Lahore in Pakistan, today after he was brutally assaulted by his fellow inmates in a Pakistan jail,” said the resolution moved by Ms. Kumar.

The resolution was moved after the House witnessed two adjournments amid uproar by Opposition members who condemned the murderous assault and raised anti-Pakistan slogans.

Mr. Ansari said, “The House deeply mourns the demise of Sarabjit Singh and I am sure the House would join me in conveying our condolences to the bereaved family.”

Both Houses mourned Sarabjit, with members standing in silence for a while.

My most sincere condolence for Sarabjit's family. Our govt and key position holders could do much more to save Sarabjit than giving statements and showing empathy.

from:  Chitralekha Bhatwadekar
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 11:12 IST

Pakistan did not heed to India. Probably Pakistan was convinced that Sarbajit was a spy from India. Don't Indian government arrest many who are suspected of terrorist activities and incarcerate in the jails? How many innocent Muslim youths are jailed only for the fact that they are Muslims. And by calling Sarbajit a 'brave son of India' is not a sort of admission that he died for India's cause? Do we call every Indian killed in foreign countries as our brave sons? It was a tragic affair but India is going overboard in this. India is holding two Italian Marines on charge of killing two fishermen. It was definitely an act done by mistaken identity. Italy has compensated the bereaved families adequately also. When Italy says that it will try them in Italian courts on the argument that the incident happened beyond the territorial waters of India, could not they have been released to be tried in Italy? India too is adamant.

from:  VKG
Posted on: May 3, 2013 at 06:31 IST

When new government comes then lets hope this would change.

from:  sainath
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 16:28 IST

Deepest condolences to the family. But hailing a person convicted by law on terror charges as a brave son that too by PM is nothing more than a political gimmick to gain the sympathy from the people. Rather the govt should diplomatically press the neighbouring country to carry out detailed investigation for the security lapse inside the jail and bring culprits to book.

from:  aamir
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 15:47 IST

First Brave Daughter of India for the rape victim and now brave son of
India..Its unfortunate that the Government has restricted itself in
words without any actions..

from:  Rajinder
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 15:45 IST

Manmohan is PM for the last 9 years.Results 1]India has become too weak
2] moral and ethical values have evaporated 3]The guilty masquerade as
God,please save this country from its enemies within and without

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 13:44 IST

It is a very sad moment for the country. But what disturbs me even more
is why does the government make us all feel so incapable and weak on all
international and domestic fronts. It is a shame that the we have such a
meaningless government at the center.

from:  Amish R. Shah
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 11:23 IST

I was anticipating that one day Sarabjit would be set free, by the process of mutual successful dialogue, and travel to his home land, but not as he is now.So sad.
It is so heartening that the Prime Minister’s intention in calling Sarabjith as " brave son of India”, to divert the matter on to the trivial things, instead of conceeding the complete failure on the part of the govenment,ofcourse,even the Pakistan government is not an exception here,in the bilateral dialogue process, to set free the innocent, Sarabjit.
His soul can not rest in peace unless we, governments responsible, don’t encore the kind of Sarabjit episode in the future.

from:  Sreenivasulu Mamidi
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 11:09 IST

I am of the view that the release of Sarabjit on humanitarian ground
by the President of Pakistan during election days was not possible ,
but at the same time I am also of the view that security of Sarabjit
in jail was the primary duty of Pakistan particularly under the
situation that he was threatened several times by the jail inmates.
Secondly when he was in comatose and was being treated in a govt.
hospital and according to doctors there was no hope for his survival
Pakistan should have heeded to the advice tendered by the govt. of
India and the family members of Sarabjit to send him to India or to
any third country for better treatment. If this would have been done
Pakistan could have earned international praise. Pakistan has lost a
good chance and for its indecisiveness the country needs to be

Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 10:50 IST

In the light of the fact that Pakistan has failed to establish the truth and provide the full facts that lead to the death of Chamel Singh earlier, it is very unlikely that it will do any different or better now with the Sarabjit Singh murder. There can be no doubt that certain powerful sections in Pakistan's governance has had a directive role in these murders. Even in the extremely remote case that Pakistan actually tells the whole truth of these two cases, Pakistan has ensured that in India they are looked down upon in contempt as a people and a state who are, for the most part, wretched brutes. Sarabjit Singh's murder only further deepens the hatred Indians have for Pakistanis.
And the current set of people who form the Government of India are also responsible to some extent of this shameful tragedy. In the wake of Chamel Singh's death, the UPA which is the government of the day, has failed in its ethical duty to have Pakistan ensure the safety of Indian prisoners there.

from:  Kay Nathan
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 10:47 IST

I express my deepest condolences to Sarabjit's family,may god bless his soul.The incident brings forth, yet again, the state of affairs in Pakistan, disarrayed, and a nation lost in translation.A great opportunity to win the people of India was wasted by Pakistan.

I only hope India would have acted differently had it been in the same situation.

from:  Bhuv
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 10:32 IST

Deepest sympathies to the beraved family.
Sarabjit, hope you get the peace and happiness in Heaven which was denied to you by the so called humans populating this planet.

from:  mani Sandilya
Posted on: May 2, 2013 at 09:08 IST
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