Sister to meet her death row brother in Lahore prison

Last Updated: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 21:37

Amritsar: Dalbir Kaur, sister of Indian
prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan, will
cross over to the neighbouring country on Monday to meet her
brother in Kotlakpathrai prison in Lahore.

She will cross over through the Attari border before
noon on Monday to meet her brother, known as Manjit Singh in
Pakistan.
The Indian Deputy High Commissioner and Sarabjit`s
advocate Owais Sheikh would take her to Kotlakpathrai prison,
Kaur said.

With tears rolling down on her cheeks, she said "I am
heading to Pakistan on a month`s visa. On reaching Lahore, my
priority will be to see my brother Sarabjit in the jail."

"I will prefer to spend maximum time with my brother.
However, this will depend on the time-limit granted by the
prison authorities," Kaur said.
"During my stay there, I will also meet Pakistan`s top
human rights activists Ansar Burney and Asma Jahangir who are
frantically trying for the safe repatriation of my brother to
India," Kaur said.

"I will also try to meet Pakistan`s Interior Minister
Rehman Malik. He may try to arrange my meeting with the top
leadership including President Asif Ali Zardari," she said.

"I will also carry home food, new clothes, footwears,
bath soaps, tooth pastes, towels and medicines for Sarabjit
since my brother through his advocate Owais has demanded these
things which are rarely available to him," Kaur said.

"I will also carry Indian sweets, chocolates, soft
drinks, Odomos (mosquito killer), dry tea, dry fruits, pickles
and body oil for him."

Sarabjit Singh, called Manjit Singh in Pakistan, was
sentenced to death for a string of bomb blasts in Lahore and
Multan in 1990 in which 14 people were killed.

He was set to be hanged on April one, 2008 but the
execution was put off after Prime Miniter Yousuf Raza Gilani
intervened.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 21:37

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