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Indian prisoner Sarabjit no more, politicos shed crocodile tears
Who cares for gullible people in this incredible India? The barbaric death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh has once again exposed politicos' pretentious face beneath the white pristine kurta, pajama. Sarbjit was battling for life in a Lahore hospital after the brutal attack on his life by fellow inmates, leaving him comatose last Saturday.

Reports emanating from Lahore clearly indicate that certain state sponsored actors hatched a conspiracy to eliminate him to take revenge of death of perpetrator of Mumbai terrorist attack, Ajmal Kasab.

Sarabjit was incessantly writing letter to his sister, Dalbir Kaur, indicating threat to his life. Dalbir did raise the concern through media, met government officials, but all her efforts went in vain. The concerned establishment, PMO, Home Ministry, External Affairs never demonstrated any resolve to save Sarabjit.

Sarbjit was convicted for 1990 Lahore bomb blast though his family has been maintaining, it was a case of mistaken identity. In an inebriated state, he crossed border and was captured by Pakistani establishment. In 1991, he was sentenced to death. Dalbir was combating arduous battle since 22 years, and ran from pillar to post to liberate her brother.

Does our government care for common people?

The barbaric murder of Sarbjit has thrown many a grave question. Does our government care for common people? The heartrending death of Sarabjit shows that our establishment hardly cares for the life of common man. I want to share an instance; Italian government took strategic measures to save two marines convicted for allegedly shooting two Kerala fishermen. Their ambassador, foreign office put their might, resources to save the convicts. The case is still subjudice. 

Now, I want to share, another instance. Our establishment does care but only for influentials. When the then home minister, Muftee Mohammed Sayed’s daughter, Dr. Rubaiya Sayeed was kidnapped in 1998, then entire government, politicians cutting across party lines put in all the resource at their disposal to liberate Dr. Rubaiya from the clutches of terrorists. She was freed in exchange of five dreaded terrorists.

What an irony? Common man’s life has become so cheap. Now, politicians cutting across party lines are preaching tall sermons on media channels. Prime minister to Home minister, opposition leader to bureaucrats, all are condemning the death of Sarabjit, making scathing attack on Pakistan establishment.

Majority of them are shedding crocodile tears, expressing pretentious sympathy with the family of Sarbjit. Why? Sort of war is going on among politicians to grab space, attention on news channels and score brownie points on each other. Now all and sundry are making a beeline towards Sarabjit’s family. When Sarabjit was languishing in jail not many had the courage, ethics to put in efforts to liberate him.

Hats off to Dalbir Kaur! You kept hope alive for your brother for 22 years. We are proud of your dedication, sacrifice. Wish our government had paid heed to agony, pain of the family of Sarabjit. May Sarabjit’s soul rest in peace! Our apology to family, collectively we have failed to save Sarabjit.

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