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Sarabjit's family threatens suicide

The Indian prisoner's sister said in next 30 days entire family would commit suicide at the Wagah border.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 21:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The family of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, whose review petition against his death sentence was rejected by the Pakistan Supreme Court on Saturday, threatened to commit suicide at the Wagah border if the government failed to repatriate him to India within a week.

Addressing the media-persons in Amritsar, Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said in the next 30 days entire family would commit suicide at the Wagah border if the Indian government failed to bring him back safely within a week.

But before taking the extreme step the family members will sit on a hunger strike at the border and stage a protest before the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to mount pressure on Islamabad to extend Sarabjit unconditional clemency, she said.

"We will also urge the High Commission to grant us visa to visit the Kotlakhpat Rai Jail at Lahore where Sarabjit is languishing for the past one-and-half decade," she told the media in presence of Sarabjit's wife Sukhbir and daughter Poonam.

She urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that being a Sikh he should come forward to hold dialogue with Pakistan to ensure her brother's early release.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 19:43 IST