LAHORE, March 3: An Indian national, who had been languishing in prison for more than three decades, was released on Monday.

Kashmir Singh was released from the Kot Lakhpat Central Jail on the orders of President Pervez Musharraf who granted him amnesty on an appeal of federal caretaker Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burni. According to the petition filed for his release by Mr Burni, he was arrested in 1973 on spying charges. He belongs to Hoshyarpur in Indian Punjab and has three children.

Mr Singh will be handed over to the Indian authorities on Tuesday at the Wagah border.

Mr Burni, his wife and son took him from the jail to their residence, Kot Lakhpat Jail Superintendent Javed Latif told Dawn.

Mr Singh had been sentenced to death by a military court, but the sentence could not be carried out.

There are reports that Mr Singh embraced Islam while in jail and was renamed as Ibrahim.

Kashmir Singh’s wife Premjeet Kaur, children and relatives were at Wagah on Monday, hoping to receive him there.

Punjab Home Secretary Khusro Pervez Khan told Dawn in the afternoon that Mr Singh’s release papers were being prepared.

Inspector-General of Prisons Punjab Sarfraz Ahmad Mufti said officials of the Indian High Commission also visited the jail on Monday.

A large number of media personnel waited outside the jail and jail officials kept telling them that they had not received the release orders.

On the other hand, Mr Burni told newsmen on phone that he was reaching the jail to get Mr Singh freed. Mr Singh was released after 8pm.

On Monday, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Zahid Husain had disposed of a petition seeking release of Mr Singh after he was informed that the president had already ordered his release.

Mr Singh thanked President Musharraf and Mr Burni for his release and called for regular prisoner exchanges between India and Pakistan.

Opinion

A decade of change & stagnation
Updated 20 Sep 2021

A decade of change & stagnation

Over a decade, three more women out of 100 aged between 19 and 39 have acquired college degrees, compared to only two more men.
All about life
Updated 20 Sep 2021

All about life

There is no shortage of issues on which the Single National Curriculum has stirred controversy.
‘Honourable men’
20 Sep 2021

‘Honourable men’

Is it ambition to support our athletes only after they bring us glory?
Concerns of proxy wars
Updated 19 Sep 2021

Concerns of proxy wars

A lobby in the US favours a plan for proxy warfare so that America can sustain its global influence.

Editorial

20 Sep 2021

Banking for women

AS the old adage goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. How far the new State Bank initiative —...
Off the red list
Updated 20 Sep 2021

Off the red list

There are aspects of coronavirus management, especially by developed nations towards those less so, that smack of discrimination.
20 Sep 2021

Exciting frontiers

HISTORY was made on Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral. It was not the launch of the first, or...
Talking to the Taliban
Updated 19 Sep 2021

Talking to the Taliban

PRIME Minister Imran Khan has announced that he has started a dialogue with the Taliban for the formation of a...
New Zealand’s departure
Updated 19 Sep 2021

New Zealand’s departure

THERE was chaos and despair when New Zealand decided to call off their tour of Pakistan barely minutes before the...
19 Sep 2021

Crucial polio campaign

THE national vaccination campaign that kicked off in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday is being described by experts as...