Pakistan to hand over Sarabjit’s belongings

PTI Islamabad | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on October 28, 2013

Pakistan will hand over to India next month the personal belongings of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who died after a brutal attack inside a jail five months ago.

In August, Indian officials had formally requested Pakistani authorities to facilitate the return of Sarabjit’s clothes and other belongings — retained by officials of Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore — to his family.

“We are going to hand (over) his (Sarabjit’s) personal belongings soon,” Interior Ministry spokesman Omar Hameed Khan was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

The administration of Kot Lakhpat Jail has already transferred the items to the Interior Ministry.

“We have handed a copy of the Holy Quran, three other holy books in Hindi, a rosary, five sets of clothes, a sleeping mattress, a pitcher, a blanket and shoes to the Interior Ministry,” an unnamed jail official said.

The move came after Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur requested Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to bring back his belongings.

Following this, New Delhi requested Islamabad to return his belongings and the money he had earned doing prison work.

On May 2, Sarabjit succumbed to head injuries he sustained when several prisoners attacked him within the jail.

Sarabjit had been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990. India had maintained that Sarabjit, a farmer from a village located along the border, had strayed into Pakistan in an inebriated condition.

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Published on October 28, 2013
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