India

‘I need love, support from all Indians to help free my brother’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jul 30, 2009 01:21 IST

“I need love and support from all Indians to help free my brother,” said Dalbir Kaur, sobbing with the picture of her brother Sarabjit Singh in her hands.

Singh, an Indian national is in Pakistan jail since 19 years and has been facing death sentence in Pakistan.

The family members of Sarabjit Singh met mediapersons on Wednesday and appealed for assistance in their efforts to get Singh back home.

Speaking to the press at a gurudwara in Dadar, Dalbir said, “For 19 years, my brother has been jailed in a foreign land. This Raksha Bandhan we appeal to all to assist us free him so that I may be able to tie a rakhi on his wrist instead of sending him one like I have been doing.”

“He is innocent and we have the proof supporting it. He just made a mistake by crossing the Line of Control,” added Dalbir.

“I wish that day our mother land could have shouted that — son you are stepping on a foreign soil — and prevent my brother to land in jail there.”

“I have gone to Delhi, Bangalore and now have come to Mumbai looking for support,” said Dalbir.

Dalbir was accompanied by her husband Baldev Singh, Sarabjit’s daughter Swapandeep Kaur and Sital Kaler, a case co-ordinator with the South African human rights group of Canada.

 “I have personally met Ansar Barnee, who was the human rights minister during former president Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. He had told me that the Pakistan government had no concrete evidence against Sarabjit,” Kaler said.

Sarabjit’s family has also set up an e-mail id — savesarabjitlife@gmail.com — where citizens can send their appeals to free Sarabjit, which will later be presented to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

 

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