US Officials Meet Sarabjit’s Counsel

us-officials-meet-sarabjit'On 15 May, 2010, I had a meeting with Mr. Richard Joe, Political Section Chief, United States of America Consulate and Miss Kate Bateman, Pakistan Desk Officer, US Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs, Washington D.C.
They met me at my residence. Our meeting lasted for one hour. Pakistan-India relations were discussed. I apprised them of the details of peace efforts that our organisation (Pak-India Peace Initiative) has been carrying out since the last 13 years. “Today is a good day when Pakistan and Indian Foreign Minister’s are meeting. After the Mumbai terrorist attack, the ongoing peace process was de-railed and reversed. If Governments are sincere in normalising relations, they should seek support from those who are engaged in the promotion of peace on the people’s level. Governments are sadly mistaken if they think that retired bureaucrats and retired generals can bring good results in two track diplomacy. The peace activists from the grass root level are to be engaged if better results are required. Bureaucrats have their own mindset. They follow Government policies. It is the bureaucracy on both sides of the border that is responsible for a long confrontation.”

“Our father’s sister is the only person who is looking after the family. But she is now getting too old to do all the things for us. She is the only one who has to look after the case and the family. She has been making efforts for my father’s release for the last 20 years and met almost everyone since then to now in the Government, but we have not got satisfactory results from Indian Government. We have given all
the documents and proofs to the Pakistan Government which proves that my father is Sarabjit Singh and not Manjit Singh”.
– Sarabjit’s daughters

Sarabjit’s case was also discussed in depth. They took keen interest and promised that they will convey my request to higher authorities for support in the reprieve of Sarabjit. I handed over the letter of Swapandeep Kaur (daughter of Sarabjit) to them. They read it.


Respected Delegates
United States of America
Subject: Seeking help to release my father who is in a Pakistan prison for the last 20 years.
Dear Madam,
My name is Swapandeep, daughter of Sarabjit Singh who is in solitary confinement since 1990. I was only two and half years old when my father crossed the border by mistake in drunken position. At that time there were no fences on the Indo Pak Border. People and animals used to cross the border unintentionally. My father was a farmer and on 28 Aug 1990 he was working in the fields near Indo Pak border. At night he had drinks with his friends in the fields and when he was about to come home, he by mistake walked towards Pakistan. Pak rangers caught him and implicated him in some false cases which had been committed by someone else. So it is the case of mistaken identity.
Till now my younger sister (who was only 23 days old at that time when my father crossed the border) and I have seen our father once in 2008 for 48 minutes only. We never got affection and blessings from our father. We have been waiting for him to return home for 20 years. In our family there is no male member who can look after the family. Our father’s sister is the only person who is looking after the family. But she is now getting too old to do all the things for us. She is the only one who has to look after the case and the family. She has been making efforts for my father’s release for the last 20 years and met almost everyone since then to now in the Government, but we have not got satisfactory results from Indian Government. We have given all the documents and proofs to the Pakistan Government which proves that my father is Sarabjit Singh and not Manjit Singh.
Now I and my family are very hopeful that you will be helping us in this matter. I urge you to request Honourable President Mr. Barack Obama to intervene in the case to free my innocent father who is facing capital punishment for that crime which is committed by some Manjit Singh. Please help us Madam. We will be very greatful to you for your kindness.
With Great Regards
Swapandeep and Poonam
Daughters of Sarabjit Singh
(Concluded)

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