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Sarabjit Singh 'rests in peace' leaving India restless
Sarabjit Singh, the long serving Indian prisoner in Pakistan from the Bhikhiwind area of Punjab, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in spying for India and carrying out the 1990's bomb blasts, which killed 14 people in Pakistan, finally 'rests in peace' leaving India restless.

Sarabjit Singh, who was the victim of mistaken identity and had served 22-years in Pakistani prison was equally the victim of unfavorable diplomatic relations between the two nations. The evil memories and the hatred which arose from the partition are still haunting people in both India and Pakistan. 

Sarabjit Singh had always maintained that he was a poor farmer who had crossed the border mistakenly while he was drunk but the Pakistani authorities did not buy his argument and sentenced him to death in 1991. Since then till May 2, 2013 Sarabjit was continuously fighting to prove himself innocent but finally closed his eyes for ever after being brutally assaulted by inmates in Kot Lakhpat jail in Pakistan.

In India Sarabjit’s family including his sister Dalbir Kaur, who were continuously fighting for his release and were living with a hope and a faith in the democratic socio-political systems of both the countries, are shocked, angry and sad as they are left with nothing but the injustice alone.

Five mercy petitions were filed by the supporters of Sarabjit Singh but none of it was considered by the Pakistani authorities. The last mercy petition, which was filed in May 2012, was supported by one lakh signatures.

Sarabjit’s case once again puts the Pakistani administrative system’s inadequacies in handling the safety concerns under tight scrutiny. The country has always failed in providing reasonable evidence for the initiatives taken for the protection of foreign nationals in its soil, especially those who required it the most.  The people of India demand answers from the Pakistani authorities, that why was Sarabjit not given the adequate protection in the Prison? And where were the police personals when he was attacked? What stopped the police from rescuing him on time? And why is that the names and the identities of the attackers are not made public yet?

On the other hand the Indian political class started politicizing the matter for their own selfish motives. The situation requires collective action and not the divided politics which can only worsen the political framework in India.

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