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Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, January 18, 2013
At least 80 Indian prisoners are still languishing in several Paksitani jails, reveals the book on prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is in a Pakistani jail for the last 22 years.

The book - 'Sarabjit Singh – A Case of Mistaken Identity' by Sarabjit's lawyer Awais Sheikh hit the stands a few days back.

The book carries the list of over 80 Indian prisoners, who are languishing in Pakistan jails. “I have obtained the list of these prisoners from Pakistan High Commission,” claims Sheikh, the Pakistani lawyer who is on a tour to India these days.

The book also has gives a detail of the Indian prisoners including their names, their age, name of their parents, their home districts, the sections under which they were booked and the court which sentenced them.

“Though the list was obtained some time back and it keeps on changing as both the countries keep on releasing the prisoners,” said Sheikh, who will address the media on Saturday.

Interestingly, most of the Indian prisoners fall between the age group of 20 to 40 years and they belong to the border districts including Gurdaspur, Ferozpur and Jammu. Most of these prisoners are lodged in Central jail in Lahore.

Similarly, the book also comprises the list of total 51 Pakistani prisoners who are languishing in Central Jail of Amritsar.

“The Indian prisoners in the jails of Pakistan should be looked after well. These prisoners should be judged on humanitarian grounds and should be given freedom as early as possible,” said Sheikh.

Apart from that, the book also has some letters by Sarabjit Singh written to his family, to Sheikh and letters to various politicians in India including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Lal Krishan Advani.

The book also carries a brief account written by Sarabjit himself that how he was arrested and how he was forcefully turned into Manjit Singh from Sarabjit.