"Pakistan has given me a Diwali gift", this is how Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarabjit Singh currently lodged in a Pakistani prison, reacted to reports that his brother has been shifted from death row cell to a normal cell in a jail in Lahore.
"Pakistan Government has given me a gift on the occasion of Diwali by shifting my brother from the death cell. Now he can heave a sigh of relief," Kaur told PTI.
Pakistani television channels today reported that Sarabjit has been shifted from the death cell to a normal cell.
"Now with this, a fresh ray of hope appeared for the safe repatriation of Sarbjit Singh from Pakistan to India".
She hoped that her brother will celebrate all traditional festivals with his family from next year as the "Pakistan Government would definitely repatriate him safely".
"I am thankful to the entire leadership of Pakistan Government including Prime Minister, President, opposition, masses and media of India and Pakistan," Kaur said.
Kaur expressed hope that both Indian and Pakistan would definitely come out with a positive remedy for the repatriation of Sarbjit Singh.
She claimed that that her brother Sarabjit had crossed over to Pakistan inadvertently in 1990.
Sarabjit, whom Pakistani authorities call Manjit Singh, has been on death row since he was convicted for alleged involvement in four bomb attacks in Punjab province in 1990.
"Sarabjit was never arrested on the spot," she claimed and added that her brother was "innocent" and would have never indulge in such "henious" crimes.
His execution, initially set for April 1, was deferred for 30 days by former President Pervez Musharraf. This was done so that the new PPP-led government could review his case following India's appeal for clemency.
After Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani intervened in the matter, Pakistani authorities put off Sarabjit's execution "till further orders".
Pakistan's Supreme Court and Musharraf had earlier turned down Sarabjit's mercy petitions.