New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday sough report from the Indian embassy in Pakistan regarding an Indian national who reportedly strayed into the Pakistani territory in 1984.
“I have asked Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send me a report on this (Indian in Pakistan prison),” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
A Bhopal based newspaper Star Samachar had on Wednesday reported that an Indian national, Nanak Singh, crossed over to Pakistani territory while grazing his buffaloes some 32 years ago.
Singh, a resident of Punjab’s border village Shanna Bedi, has been languishing in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail just like Indian spy Sarabjit Singh, the report claimed.
In 2013, two Pakistani death row prisoners – Amir Tamba and Mudassar – had allegedly murdered Sarabjit in the same jail. Sarabjit had been sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in 1990.
The report also said that former Pakistan’s lawmaker and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Azizullah Khan has offered help to the family in securing release of Nanak Singh.
However, Nanak’s family has also sought help from Union Minister Sushma Swaraj.
According to the family, in 2002, Ramdas police came over to tell them that he was lodged in a Pakistan jail under a different name, Kakar Singh.
“The Border Security Force later sent the Pakistani authorities a letter seeking his release, but that didn’t help. Nanak is the oldest of nine siblings, and the government is our only hope of getting him back,” his younger brother, Baldev Singh, had said.