Pakistan to send death row inmate Kashmir Singh to India after 35 years

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Islamabad, Feb.28 : An Indian national who has been languishing in a death cell in a Pakistani prison for the last 35 years, will return to his home in India soon, the Daily Times quoted the caretaker Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney, as saying.

Kashmir Singh was arrested in 1973 in Rawalpindi, and soon afterward, was sentenced to death by a military court in Lahore on charges of espionage. He had been languishing in a death cell ever since, in conditions that Burney described as "hell on Earth".

A HR Ministry statement said that after locating Singh, Burney had launched a campaign through the ministry and through his own HR organisation, the Ansar Burney Trust (ABT), to search for Singh's family.

ABT acting Chairman Syed Fahad Burney said the family had now been located in Hoshiarpur (Indian Punjab), where Singh's wife and family had been waiting for his return for the last 35 years.

On Wednesday morning, Burney visited Central Jail Lahore to meet Singh and to inform him of the progress they had made for his release and on locating his family, the statement said, adding that Singh thanked Burney and requested him to accompany the former when he would return to India.


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