Kashmir Singh, released on Wednesday after spending 35 years in Pakistan jails, has admitted he was an Indian spy.
“I did the duty assigned to me as a spy. I was paid Rs 400 as salary... I went to serve the country. But after my arrest in 1974, successive governments did nothing for my family,” said Kashmir. He was accompanied by his wife Paramjeet at a press conference in Chandigarh on Friday.
When asked which agency sent him to Pakistan and what route he took to reach there, he said: “I was kept in solitary confinement and remained chained for 17 years but even the Pakistan authorities failed to elicit this from me.”
Kashmir lamented that no concrete efforts are being made to secure the release of prisoners in different jails of the two countries. He appealed to the Pakistan government to release Sarabjit Singh and Kirpal Singh, two other Indians sentenced to death.