ICJ stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday
“It is a victory of crores of Indians,” said Dalbir Kaur on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav ordered by a Pakistan military court.
Kaur is the sister of Sarabjit, who was convicted in a case of alleged spying and carrying out four bomb attacks that killed 14 people in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Faisalabad in 1990.
Who was Sarabjit?
The unfortunate tale of Sarabjit has often been told and retold. His tragic death became all the more famous after a biographical film directed by Omung Kumar was made last year. Actress Aishwarya Rai essayed the role of Singh’s sister, Dalbir Kaur, while, Randeep Hooda and Richa Chada played the roles of Sarbjit Singh and his wife, Sukhpreet, respectively.
Sarabjit Singh was a resident of Bhikhiwind, located along the Indo-Pakistani border in Tarn Taran district of Punjab. In 1990, he was arrested for illegally crossing over to Pakistan. Since then, he spent over 19 years in solitary confinement. On April 26, he was brutally beaten up in a Lahore jail and he succumbed to his injuries in May 2013.
Narendra Modi Vs Manmohan Singh
On Sarabjit’s death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat had said, “Truth about Sarabjit Singh’s death in Pakistan must come out”.
“Centre is unable to give a strong answer to Pakistan’s inhuman acts”.
Modi, then BJP’s PM candidate, added, “The Indian government had the time to take the Sarabjit issue on the international level. But they left it on the family to fight.”
Voicing his opinion, Dalbir too lashed out at the UPA regime and called for Manmohan Singh’s resignation.
In case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, while the likes of Sitaram Yechury criticised the NDA government for running to ICJ for help, others are mostly pleased. (READMORE…)