New Delhi: Indian spy Surjeet Singh, who was freed by Pakistan from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail on Thursday morning after 27 years since his arrest, has said that he was sent by Indian military for spying in Pakistan.
“Yes I went there for spying,” he said while talking to media soon after landing his steps on India soil.
He said that Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails were not facing any trouble and difficulties. He said that Pakistani authorities were treating all the Indian prisoners friendly, adding that they all were provided better food.
When asked question about Sarabjit, 49, who is being held at Kot Lakhpat and had confessed to be involved in a string of blasts in Punjab province in 1990 that killed 14 Pakistani citizens and injured dozens of others, Surjeet claimed that Sarabjeet Singh would also be released soon.
He said that he was hopeful for Sarabjit Singh’s release on August 14th.
He said that he had met Sarabjit for several times and he was physically and mentally okay.
At the same time when Surjeet Singh was being released, Sarabjit’s sister also met the Indian minister for external affairs. Krishna said that he would visit Pakistan next month and would take up the issue with Pakistani authorities.
Earlier on Thursday morning, Singh was freed from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail and hand over to Indian authorities at Wagah border after 27 years since he was arrested on charges of spying.
Singh’s counsel, Awais Sheikh, told the media that the Indian national was arrested during the tenure of military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.
Singh was given the death sentence under the Pakistan Army Act in 1985. The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1989 by then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.
Earlier, Pakistan announced it was to free death sentenced prisoner Sarabjit Singh, but late at night, Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar clarified that it was not Sarabjit, but Surjeet.