Seven months after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was fatally attacked in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail, Pakistani authorities will hand over his belongings to his family at the Attari border on Thursday.
From clothes, spectacles, blankets, a pair of shoes to a wrist watch and other items that Sarabjit's family had been sending for him in the jail, they are expecting everything returned.
Some time back, the family of Sarabjit Singh that had taken up the matter with the Indian government and demanded that Pakistan be asked to return his belongings.
Now, the family had got some relief after they were informed that the belongings will be handed over to them. They have been asked to reach the border to receive Sarabjit's belongings.
Talking to HT, Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said, "We have raised this demand few months back. The union home ministry informed us that Sarabjit's belongings will be handed to us on Thursday."
"It will be a very emotional moment. The entire family fought for Sarabjit's release but after spending around two decades in the Pakistani jail he was brutally murdered," said Dalbir Kaur.
Sarabjit could not come home alive but his belongings will be very dear to us, she added.
Thanking the Indian government for making efforts, Swapandeep Kaur, daughter of Sarabjit, said, "All these years, I hardly saw my father's belongings. We really wanted that Pakistan released all his things and I hope that the government's efforts have worked. Though we lost everything when my father was murdered we are keen to see his belongings."
The belongings were handed over to Indian officials a couple of days back.
Sarabjit was attacked by a jail inmate in April end and died in a hospital after some days. Although Pakistan had accused Sarabjit of being involved in bomb blasts, his family claimed that Sarabjit had entered Pakistan inadvertently. Sarabjit was on death row in Pakistan when he was killed.