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Blight Of The Borders

Sarabjit Singh, long-time Indian prisoner, is murdered in a Lahore jail. Pak in damage control mode.

Blight Of The Borders AFP (From Outlook 13 May 2013)

Crossing Borders

  • August 1990: Sarabjit Singh, arrested for illegally entering Pakistan, subsequently charged with the death of 14 people in the Lahore-Faisalabad serial bomb blasts
  • October 1991: Charged with being an Indian spy and sentenced to death. The sentence is upheld by a higher court.
  • March 2006: Pakistan SC rejects his mercy petition and upholds the death sentence
  • March 2008: Sarabjit’s fresh mercy plea turned down by Pak President Pervez Musharraf, but execution delayed following appeal from his family
  • December 2009: Jas Uppal, a British lawyer, launches an international campaign to get Sarabjit released
  • May 2012: Sarabjit files his fifth appea for clemency before Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • June 2012: Zardari commutes his death sentence to life and some news reports suggest he may be released as part of an Indo-Pak prisoner swap. An Indian prisoner is released, but Sarabjit remains in jail.
  • August 2012: Sarabjit files another appeal for mercy before Zardari.
  • April 10, 2013: Through his lawyer, Sarabjit tells Pakistani authorities that his life is in danger from fellow prisoners.
  • April 26, 2013: He is severely injured after being attacked with bricks and rods by jail inmates, admitted to intensive care in a Lahore hospital.
  • April 27: His family pleads for his transfer to India for treatment but the Pakistan authorities refuse to move him.
  • May 2, 2013: Sarabjit succumbs, sparks off strong protests against Pak authorities for not providing him enough security 

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In the movies, spies like 007 almost never get caught. The reality, though, is quite different. And the universal rule, if you get caught or your cover is blown, is that you are on your own from that point on. Your intellige­nce outfit will never own up to sending you or claim you as one of their own.

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