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“Sarabjit was a Gursikh, is a Gursikh and will remain a Gursikh” ~ Dalvir Kaur (Sarabjit’s Sister).
“Sarabjit had been converted to Islam and was now known as Sarfaraz” ~ Surjeet Singh (Recently freed Convict who returned India Pak Jail after three decades).
HE Special Correspondent from Lahore | 29th June, 2012 :: This question is haunting many of the Indians today when it is well known that an big numbers of Hindu and Sikh prisoners are being converted into Islam and the Pak authorities deliberately serve beef to all prisoners not considering the religious bars of anyone. Reports are in the air that Sarabjit Singh, the most highlighted convict in Pak Jail had been converted to Islam and was now known as Sarfaraz and another Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, Kirpal Singh, had also been converted to Islam and had given a new name Mohammed Din.
Surjeet Singh who was freed recently by Pakistan and who was fellow of Sarabjit Singh in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail claimed that Sarabjit had been converted to Islam and was now known as Sarfaraz.
Speaking to mediapersons at the information centre of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee after paying obeisance at Golden Temple, Surjeet said: “Sarabjit Singh andKirpal Singh have converted to Islam. They probably did so in hope of getting mercy. But no mercy was granted to them. Pakistan authorities do not grant mercy to even their own nationals.”
When contacted, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur denied that Sarabjit had converted to Islam. “This is not true at all. Sarabjit was a Gursikh, is a Gursikh and will remain a Gursikh. He has kept photos of Sikh gurus in jail and a Sikh religious book. He regularly recites from that book,” she said.
Dalbir added that during her visit to Pakistani jail to meet Sarabjit, she did heard people calling Kirpal Singh by a Muslim name. “But this is not the case with Sarabjit. Had he converted, he would have some Muslim name,” she said. “When I went to meet him in Pakistan, he was either addressed as Sarabjit or Manjit.”
When informed that Surjeet had claimed that Sarabjit had changed his name to “Sarfaraz” after “converting to Islam”, Dalbir insisted: “No way, Sarabjit remains Sarabjit and a Sikh and has not changed his name or converted to Islam.”
Dalbir also took exception to Surjeet’s statement that Sarabjit was hale and hearty in jail. “How can a person lodged in solitary confinement be happy? If this was the case, why will prisoners seek release?” she asked.
Meanwhile, Surjeet claimed that if things fell in place, he would ensure that Sarabjit was back home in three months. “Seven to eight MLAs of Pakistan are my very good friends. Even Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is my good friend. I have had breakfast with Zardari. And I will ensure Sarabjit’s release,” Surjeet said, alleging that the Pakistani media and the ISI were against Sarabjit’s release.
“It has to be done at the presidential level. If ISI comes to know about any effort for Sarabjit’s release, the agency will never allow it to happen,” he added. Saying that his and Sarabjit’s cases were entirely different, Surjeet added: “The case of Sarabjit, who faces charges of terrorism, is entirely different from mine. Neither India nor Pakistan would like to release terrorists.”
As per report, Hindu and Sikh prisoners are considered as the slaves of the Muslim Prisoners in Pak Jails with an exception of some political and classified prisoners of bilateral relation with the other states.
When the ISI linked terrorists of Pakistan or Pak affiliations like Kasab, Afjal or Hamjas are getting a special status in Indian jails and Indian Govt is spending crores of rupees for the facilities and amenities in highest grade, Indian nationals put into Pak jails for many causes or upon some fishy suspicion are facing a vicious Islamic torture there. GOI has any botheration to that?
Related Video: Sarabjit Converted into Islam.
Reports in Pak Media: Sarabjit Singh has converted to Islam, claims Surjeet : Pak Tribiune.