Cutting across party lines, the Punjab Assembly today unanimously welcomed the release of Surjeet Singh, while urging the Centre to take initiatives for the early release of Sarabjit Singh from Pakistan`s jail.
Minutes after he crossed the Wagah Border into India, Surjeet Singh on Thursday expressed optimism that his compatriot Sarabjeet Singh, languishing in the Kot Lakpat jail in Pakistan for the past 22 years, would be released soon.
The fate of two Indians in Pakistani jails - Sarabjit Singh and Surjeet Singh - by the turn of events since Tuesday has made their families in Punjab go through jubilation as well as shock and despair.
What should have been the release of an Indian death row prisoner has turned into an "international embarrassment" for the Pakistan govt following the mix-up over the identity of two Indian nationals currently in a Pakistani jail.
Hours after reports emerged that Pakistan was to free Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, it later clarified that authorities had taken steps for the release of another prisoner named Surjeet Singh.