Source says Sarabjit Singh was a RAW agent

Published May 06, 2013 10:44am
Indian school children pay tributes holding portraits of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who died at Jinnah hospital in Lahore, in Amritsar, India on 02 May 2013. — Photo Reuters
Indian school children pay tributes holding portraits of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who died at Jinnah hospital in Lahore, in Amritsar, India on 02 May 2013. — Photo Reuters

According to a source who spoke to the Hindustan Times, Sarabjit Singh was sent to Pakistan for an operation managed by a senior official at the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s main intelligence agency, who later became the agency's chief as well.

"Sarabjit was an Indian spy in Pakistan,” said an intelligence source. “He managed to accomplish the task given to him but was caught while trying to flee."

A former intelligence official, who handled Singh's case, said the operation conducted by him didn’t involve a specific tactical purpose, but was just one among many such operations that were conducted in Pakistan by Indian intelligence in the early and mid 90s.

"Some of the operations executed by the RAW during the period were totally mindless,” the official said. “Spies like Sarabjit and their family have paid huge cost for it. Sometimes, the agency officials executed operations out of personal bravado that they can get 'something' done in Pakistan.”

Sources said that, the process through which spies like Singh are dealt with is one that is evolving, which includes issues such as how they are paid, as well as instances of if they are caught in enemy territory.

"Payments vary case to case depending on the nature of operation,” the source said. “There is no uniformity in discreet payments to families when such agents are caught or eliminated by the enemy.”

"Sarabjit had been awarded a state funeral because his case was mainly highlighted due to efforts of his politically astute sister Dalbir Kaur, the source said. “His family is also being compensated, but there are many cases in which the spies came back from Pakistan knocked the doors of courts to get their dues."


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KhanChengezKhan
May 06, 2013 11:25am

That was very very clear from the beginning for SarabJit Sing a RAW agent, an Indian Spy, declared by Pakistani Courts after through investigations and his personal acceptance. His family members as well as the Indian authorities were denying and telling lies that Sarabjit is innocent and just crossed the Pakistani border by mistake. The operation conducted by him inside the Pakistan caused killing of innocent people of Pakistan. In the case of Ajmal Qassab, an Indian government and RAW's self designed drama or he might be caught in other cases but they put him involved in the terrorist shoot-out held at India, has charged and hanged him in a shortest time without fair justification. Why did Paksitan kept his cases long pending after he was sentenced to death?

KhanChengezKhan
May 06, 2013 11:33am

Sarabjit Singh was sent to Pakistan for an operation managed by a senior official at the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India

Pacific1983
May 06, 2013 12:14pm

The judiciary process used for Sarabjeet Singh case had no significant base. He was arrested as Manjit Singh and the case was also filed as Manjit Singh. The death sentence was also announced to Manjit Singh. Later Pakistan accepted that this person is Sarabjeet Singh, then how they can continue a sentence that was awarded to some other person? Also he was charged with bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad. Now Pakistan is accepting this report (and its origin is also not confirmed) that he could not execute any significant task in Pakistan. This whole process of law and authority was really senseless.

Ayman
May 06, 2013 12:30pm

@Pacific1983:

My dear, do you think agents work using original names/ identity? Indian media has already accepted it.

Naseer
May 06, 2013 12:40pm

I think we should make all evidences against sarabjit public so that the worthless Indian media does not get a chance to malign Pakistan. ore importantly we should make public, al proof relating to Indian terrorist activities in Balochistan and pursue this case in the UN too. India is waging an Information War against Pakistan and it is high time we responded strongly. I also feel that the Pakistani news channels are too soft on terrorists and terrorism emanating from India whereas Indian news channels openly portray Pakistan like a terrorist state! It is imperative that we defend Pakistan and hence reverse this negative perception being created about Our Country........................I also feel that we Pakistanis are much more balanced and less hateful in our comments, whereas if you go to Indian news websites most of the comments by indians there are extremely hateful towards Pakistan.

Sikander
May 06, 2013 12:43pm

Now the sky is clear.....Pakistan was right to arrest Sarbajit. He was a spy from India as finally confessed by Indian authority after lying for so many years to the world. I wonder how many more Indian spies are present in Pakistan and involve in terrorist activities. It is a wake up call for Pakistan. He should have been hanged long time ago. Perhaps, Pakistan government bows to the pressure they have from India side. It is very unfortunate that Pakistan's judiciary failed totally in their line of duty.

Virat
May 06, 2013 01:29pm

Please know the difference between Spies and Terrorist before commenting.

Baljinder
May 06, 2013 01:44pm

Sarabhjit was an innocent man he went to pak under the influence of alcohol, his home is just at Border and in 90 there was no fencing at all. He was charged for the crime which he has not commited, But manjit who has commited should be brought to justice. Sarabhjit was not a RAW agent it is only to make the innocent people fool.

Dinesh
May 06, 2013 02:18pm

People commenting please read the article carefully - Sarbajit didn't work for RAW or any agency guy was not even on rolls or paid regular salary. At most poor village chap may have been motivated by local operative to cross border to get in touch with someone or get some info for two bottles of whiskey or little money. And the point remains that the judiciary process used for Sarabjeet Singh case had no significant base. He was arrested as Manjit Singh and the case was also filed as Manjit Singh. The death sentence was also announced to Manjit Singh. Later Pakistan accepted that this person is Sarabjeet Singh, then how they can continue a sentence that was awarded to some other person? Also he was charged with bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad while he was caught near boarder. Pakistan had harbored terrorist since long and when they go against your own people police/army gets you some scapegoats - poor Sarabjit was one of them.

Osama Ashfaq
May 06, 2013 02:31pm

@Virat:

So exploding Bombs in Pakistan is spying and exploding bombs in India is Terrorism. Is that what you are saying?

pramod Kumar
May 06, 2013 02:34pm

If Sarabjit really was a Indian spy and involved in any bombing then there is nothing wrong by Pakisatan in giving him sentence. but the way he has been murdered still could not be justified. Kasab was given food and facilities in Indian Jail which he would have never got when he was free in Pakistan

Abhishek
May 06, 2013 02:51pm

@Naseer: And i believe Pakistan taliban is more balanced then you. Self praise is one characterstic that every Pakistani is obsessed with

Jawad
May 06, 2013 03:05pm

So the cat is out of the bag. He was not so innocent after "Sarabjit was an Indian spy in Pakistan,

pakistani
May 06, 2013 03:07pm

@KhanChengezKhan:

pakistanis aren't angels too...

Rashid Sultan
May 06, 2013 03:10pm

@Naseer: Pakistan needs no external maligning. It does it beautifully on its own. Just read the Dawn every day and all the evidence you need is there.

Sikandar
May 06, 2013 03:26pm

@KhanChengezKhan: wow!!! Shortest time and without fair justification.. its sounds funny..

Shuaib
May 06, 2013 03:30pm

@Virat: You better "know". No difference!!!

Rizwan
May 06, 2013 03:46pm

What happened to Sarbjit in Pakistan jail is bad and should not have happened. India denies his invvolvelment as a spy despite he admitted in the past. But they way India gave him soldier status at the time of burrial is admission that infact he was Indian soldier/spy and terrorist who killed innocent Pakistanis........

Jayesh P.
May 06, 2013 03:52pm

Dear pakisthanis , you are going to suffer for ever

Team India

Sraman
May 06, 2013 03:58pm

Hmm. I read all newspapers and am wondering who is this so called "source?" I suppose on an important news items like this case it is incumbent upon "The Dawn" to reveal their source. He is dead anyway!

Aruni Basu
May 06, 2013 04:28pm

@Rizwan: he was cremated not buried....

G.A.
May 06, 2013 04:46pm

@Baljinder: A lot of Indian spies 'accidentally' crossed into Pakistan after a few bottles of alcohol. Perhaps they shouldn't drink too much near the border. Oh, and they are all innocent in Pakistani jails and fess up as soon as they are returned to India that they were spies.

Ayman
May 06, 2013 04:57pm

@pakistani: agree but be brave to comment using your name.

Ayman
May 06, 2013 05:02pm

We must appreciate Dawn on writting it. At least they have courage at some extent

Naveen
May 06, 2013 05:19pm

I think its highly inappropriate for a respected newspaper like Dawn to publish unsubstantiated report. If you keep doing it you will loose credibility and respect too.OK my source who does not want to be identified says Sarabjeet singh was not a spy ,your similar source says he was a spy whats the difference. So if you have the source or evidence produce it otherwise unsubstantiated report amounts to rumour. Its not journalism.

Naseer
May 06, 2013 05:52pm

@Osama Ashfaq: LOL.... these indians are such hypocrites!

Naseer
May 06, 2013 05:54pm

@pramod Kumar: Kasab got food and facilities for maybe 2 years.......sarabjit got these facilities and food for 20 Years!

Naseer
May 06, 2013 05:58pm

@Rashid Sultan: Completely agree....in contrast if u watch Indian new channels or read their newspapers, they follow a strict policy against Pakistan which is consistent with their governments Foreign policy!

Human
May 06, 2013 06:05pm

Whtever hapnd it was completely unhuman face. For Sarbjit case i am tracking the news published by both medias from a long time. Pakistani media will say he was a spy ... Indian media will say he was innocent. But if there is a prisoner also he has also the right to live peacefully in jail also. It was really a brutal thing wht those people done with sarbjit. Everybody has the right to live peacefully.

Some news came also tht this killing has been done to win in upcoming elections by pak government. If they are playing games like this then no one can ignore this fact also tht may be thy have been also planned other incidents also. These politicians either it is india or pakistan always played with the life of normal citizens just in the sake of money so that their family or generation get secured. If their is any culprit there should be some law for him also to justify himseld. But pakistan failed in that also...Even india do. Every day blasts killings are happening in both of the countries and the added advantage are taken by third perr group. I will say onething really if they care about their citizens and their nation they will try to resolve the matter rather than making it influential for their votings n winnings.
we have to look other nations (developed countries) how their citizens support their country for its development for its economy. Theirs leaders respect their citizens and understand their responsibility`s also. I am really wondering y those things are not happening in india and pakistan. Why we dont want to live peacefully, happily. Why we dont want to give our citizens safety and prosperity. .... I really dont understand.........................

P.Mishra
May 06, 2013 06:27pm

Who ever is giveing such irresponsible comments must disclose his identity and prove it. Other wise it will put lot of life to risk. If it is true that Sarabajit was a spy then GOI must compensate his family.

concerned
May 06, 2013 06:52pm

I won't be surprised to see posts of many indians here still living in denial, despite the fact that sarabjeet singh had admitted to spying and bombing charges. Just like Ajmal Kasab, Sarabjeet Singh doesn't deserve to live in this world. Justice has been served, although not in the best manner.

Tariq
May 06, 2013 06:56pm

It's deplorable how Sarabjit met his death, however, how many "innocent" Indians are awarded State funerals, and why?

Pan Mat
May 06, 2013 07:21pm

According to a source who spoke to the Hindustan Times

Interesting that link to this article is not posted and also funny to see Dawn giving so much credibility (on selective basis) to an Indian newspaper!

M. A. NAQASH
May 06, 2013 08:10pm

It would have been better for both the countries to bury their differences so that people from both the sides are saved from the jaws of death. At the end of the day, none in either of the country holding higher positions or ministerial berth are killed. It may be a poor or a misguided one who gets killed.

Let every one pray in both the countries that sense prevail on both to settle long pending issues so that every one especially common man lives a peaceful life.

Shahid
May 06, 2013 09:15pm

@Sraman: State funeral for an ordinary person, rings a bell. Come on that source is never going to be revealed this is journalism

Rocky
May 06, 2013 09:17pm

Spying on your perceived opponents is an accepted international norm. It is also the right of the spied on nation to capture and convict the spy. However, extra judicial killings need to be deplored. Equally deplorable are tit for tats.

javed
May 06, 2013 10:29pm

@concerned:

I am not surprised you call it justice . In rest of the world justice is only given by courts not by prisonners

Dr. Bilal Afridi
May 07, 2013 10:46am

@Virat: A terrorist and a spy r two names of a single body. I would say any body who hurts any other is a Terrorist in whatever form he/she is...

Dr. Bilal Afridi
May 07, 2013 10:49am

@Jayesh P.: Dear everyone is suffering. Don go with Terrorism

Sandip
May 07, 2013 11:00am

@Naseer: Indian Government had spent a huge amount on hopeless kasab and we have very soid evidence against KASAB (i.e. CCTV footage) when he was killing the innocent peoples. But pakistan don't have any such evidance against SARABJIT SINGH. If your memory is weak remember KArgil days how Let. Col. Kaliya and his colleague was torture in pakistan jail....After all I think peoples from both side are get irritated against such activity and want peace but Pakistan government mainly don't want that.

Naseer
May 07, 2013 11:26am

@Naveen: This story was originally reported by the Hindustan Times. So anybody who would like to find out about the sources should contact them. Dawn is just re-reporting what was repoted in the Hindustan Times.

mohit
May 07, 2013 11:44am

@Pan Mat: well, Indian news papers do the same.

Naseer
May 07, 2013 12:02pm

@Abhishek: When Indians defend their country, they're called patriots, but when Pakistanis defend their coutry, they're labelled as the Taliban.....what double standards u guys have got!!

akram
May 07, 2013 08:05pm

@pramod Kumar:

didn't sarabjit get food and facilites in a Pakistani jail for the last 20 years? you need to learn to have balance in your argument and not assume you are right, even when you are obviously not.

akram
May 07, 2013 08:09pm

@Virat: its obviously you who needs to understand the difference, before opening your mouth

HM, Canada
May 06, 2013 06:38am
India: How many more Sarbajits you have sent to Pakistan to kill people and do terrorist activities. In the end you blame Pakistan for every thing.
Ayman
May 06, 2013 06:44am
Good, Now you'll not find any aggressive Indian discussing it here. We need moral courage to speak. They just show their anger regarless of using minds
Khurram
May 06, 2013 06:36am
Why we are using such a soft word " spy" instead being a " convicted terrorist" for him? We should be clear and respond the way others are doing for us!! He was an Indian Terrorist and should have been hanged 20 years back to se an example for the followers.....
mani419rabbani
May 06, 2013 06:00am
Finally it is proved that he was a spy. Now Indian Media can relax. Indians have always lied about Sarabjit spying activites, though the silence of the government was confirming his activities. I believe Pakistai Media should exaggerate this fact as much as possible to counter Indian disinformation.
mani419
May 06, 2013 06:04am
This has once again proved that Sarabjit was an Indian spy. This has been proved many times that he was a spy. He was one of many Indians caught by us but hardly a few were sentenced to death including him. Pakistani media needs to be more vocal on this and should tell the nonsense Indian media that they should stop spreading the lies. The silence of Indian government over these years also support the fact that he was a spy, otherwise they would have done something.
vino
May 06, 2013 07:02am
So the Whole story involving him in bomb blasts are lies.
Jagdish
May 06, 2013 07:04am
Proved by whom? The dawn report does not disclose anything about which credible source this "revealing and final" conclusion is received. Tomorrow, If i mentioned you as a spy based on credible information I possess, will that make you a spy?
Jagdish
May 06, 2013 07:04am
Proved by whom? The dawn report does not disclose anything about which credible source this "revealing and final" conclusion is received. Tomorrow, If i mentioned you as a spy based on credible information I possess, will that make you a spy?
Jagdish
May 06, 2013 07:05am
what are you saying? Sarabjit a spy proved and declared by whom? The dawn report does not disclose anything about which credible source this "revealing and final" conclusion is received. Tomorrow, If i mentioned you as a spy based on credible information I possess, will that make you a spy?
Shahryar Shirazi
May 06, 2013 07:05am
Well, let me make an unfortunate and realistic comment. It does not matter whether the source has accepted Sarabjeet was a spy. It is also not important how many innocent people he killed. What matters to us Pakistanis should be the fact that we are perceived as an international migraine. Not only by our actions, but also through aggressive campaign by India. We need to fix our house, eradicate the radicalization in our society and start contributing to the world positively - like we were back in the 60s. Lets focus on that.
Nas
May 06, 2013 07:23am
We should make all evidences against sarabjit public so that the worthless indian media does not get an opportunity to malign Pakistan. More importantly we should make public, all the proofs regarding Indian involvement in Balochistan as well as pursue that in the UN. India is waging an information war against us and its high time we that respond strongly. I think our news channels are also too soft on terrorists from India whereas indian news channels call Pakistan a terrorist state openly! Its very necessary that we tell the world what really is happening so that the negative perception about Pakistan can be countered.