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Attari gets emotional for Sarabjit, as sister moves to Pak

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Attari, June 06, 2011
First Published: 17:17 IST(6/6/2011) | Last Updated: 17:21 IST(6/6/2011)

Dalbir Kaur might have been the only one to cross over to Pakistan to meet her imprisoned brother Sarabjit Singh, but the Attari Border witnessed emotions and support from hundreds of people who stood rock solid under the beaming sun just to send good wishes to Sarabjit.

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With placards and posters demanding release of Sarabjit Singh from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, hundreds of followers of Sachkhand Nanak Dham, some families from Bhikhiwind (native village of Sarabjit) and Sarabjit’s daughters and wife gathered at the border to see off Dalbir Kaur.

Good wishes, rakhis from ladies, gifts from children and eatables were part of Dalbir Kaur’s baggage as she stepped into Pakistan.

Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Swapandeep and Poonam were seen in tears, as they were asked about Sarabjit.

Confident that some good news will soon come regarding the Sarabjit, emotional sister Dalbir Kaur said, “It is very pleasing too see the way many people have turned up at the border to wish good luck for Sarabjit. This has further boosted our morale and we hope that God listens too all the prayers and Sarabjit Singh is released soon.”

“The family has been fighting this long battle since past 21 years and now this enormous support from people of India is also going to send a strong message across the border,” she added.

I last met my brother in year 2008 and I am very happy that I will be again meeting him but next time I want to meet him in India. There are many people in Pakistan also, who want freedom for my brother and hope this all brings good results, said Dalbir Kaur.

On a question, Dalbir Kaur said, “I am taking along all the evidences of Sarabjit’ innocence and also documents related to one Manjit Singh Rattu, who is an ‘imposter’. My brother is mistaken as Manjit Singh.”

Dejected for not getting the visa, Sarabjit’s younger daughter Poonam said, “It is painful that we have not been given the visa but still it’s good that someone is going from the family. It has been a wait for almost two decades and I request that the Pakistan Government must release my father now.”

We have been struggling since years but now the way people have come and demanded my father’s release has given us a big hope, added Poonam, who has sent a greeting card for her father.

The followers of the Sachkhand Nanak Dham also raised slogans demanding release of Sarabjit.

It may be mentioned that Sarabjit Singh is languishing in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail for the past 21 years and faces death row.  Pakistan accuses Sarabjit of involvement in bomb blast.

No on foot visa

Dalbir Kaur had to wait at the Attari border for couple of hours before crossing over to Pakistan as she did not posses the permission to go to Pakistan on foot. But later after she requested, the officials at the border gave her the permission to cross on foot.


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