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'Pakistan has softened its approach on father'

Swapandeep Kaur, the daughter of Sarabjit Singh, whose hanging has been deferred by a month, says it appears that the neighbouring country has softened its stand on their father.

india Updated: Mar 20, 2008 18:11 IST

Swapandeep Kaur, the daughter of Sarabjit Singh, whose hanging was stayed by the Pakistani authorities by a month, on Wednesday said it appeared that the neighbouring country has softened its stand on their father.

"It is an indication from the Pakistan side that it has softened its stand on our father," she said in Chandigarh.

Expressing satisfaction over the Pakistan government's decision, Kaur said "we (the family) have applied for our visas and if they allow us to visit Pakistan, we will produce evidence to prove his innocence".

Asked whether she would prefer government handing over some terrorists to Pakistan in return of their father's release, she said "it is a policy matter of the government and the Centre has to decide on such issues".

Kaur, however, said her father was not a terrorist. "I am really happy that Pakistan's caretaker Human Rights Minister Ansar Burney again gave the assurance to take up the issue of our father," she said.

Kaur admitted that the statement made by Kashmir Singh, who was released recently from Pakistan, that he was an Indian spy has damaged the efforts of human rights organisations working on the release of their father.