'Indian govt is not bothered about Sarabjit'
Kavita Srivastava of the PUCL told CNN IBN that the Indian government has betrayed its prisoners who are languishing in Pakistani jails.
Even as Surjeet Singh reached India after spending over 30 years in captivity, the family of Sarabjit Singh are still trying to get the Indian government to get him released from a Pakistani jail. However, according to an activist from People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), it is due to the Indian government's negligence that Sarabjit has been locked in Pakistani prison for 22 years.
"The Indian government really betrays its prisoners who are out there. It is really not bothered," Kavita Srivastava of the PUCL told CNN IBN.
Kavita Srivastava has worked extensively for the release of Indian prisoners in Pakistan and vice-versa.
Srivastava said the two countries had a mechanism under which they would exchange a list of prisoners lodged with them on 1 January and 1 July of every year.
However, the Indian government never acts on it, she said.
"Indian government never presents its list. Pakistani government is always ready with the list." she said.
On the release of Surjeet she said, "We are very happy Surjeet is coming and Sarabjit will also come home. I have not lost hope."
Sarabjit's sister, Dalbir Kaur, who has led the campaign for his release in the last few years, along with other family members and supporters held a dharna (sit-in) at Jantar Mantar.
What should have been the release of an Indian death row prisoner has turned into an "international embarrassment" for the Pakistan government .
Pakistan should look at the case of death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh sensitively and compassionately, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said today.