Family `speechless` over Indian prisoner`s release from Pak

The family of Indian convict Gopal Das, whose sentence was remitted by the Pakistan government after remaining in prison for 27 years, was on Sunday ecstatic but speechless after hearing the news.

Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 23:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The family of Indian convict
Gopal Das, whose sentence was remitted by the Pakistan
government after remaining in prison for 27 years, was on Sunday
ecstatic but speechless after hearing the news.

"We are very happy that he will be joining the family
soon...I`m speechless. I have no words to express our
happiness," Gopal`s brother Anant Vir said.

"All these years, we were hearing about him from other
Indian prisoners who were released from Pakistan. Sometimes,
he also managed to send messages, or talked to us on phone,"
Vir said.

Das`s release comes days ahead of a visit to India by
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the
cricket World Cup semi-final featuring the teams of the two
countries.

A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court had earlier this
month appealed to the Pakistan government to remit the
remaining period of Das` sentence and release him on
humanitarian grounds.

Welcoming the decision, noted film maker Mahesh Bhatt
said, "It was a pathbreaking order of the Supreme Court which
seems to have struck the right chord with the authorities in
Pakistan. We wholeheartedly welcome as that would only bolster
the friendship between the two countries."

He also said that the move would only give an impetus to
the forthcoming Home Secretary-level talks between the two
countries.

PTI