The Hindustan Times – Pakistan authorities humiliated us like they did Jadhav’s family: Sarabjit Singh’s sister

Dalbir Kaur said their ordeal was similar to what Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family endured in Islamabad recently

Chandigarh-Panjab-India, 28 December 2017. The family members of Sarabjit Singh were humiliated when they went to meet him with Pakistani authorities even wiping off the ‘sindoor’ from his wife’s forehead, his sister Dalbir Kaur said on Thursday amid outrage over the treatment meted out to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife.

Dalbir Kaur said that Singh’s family had gone to meet him in a Lahore jail in 2008.

“We had no clue of the shocking things that were to unfold before our meeting with Sarabjit,” Dalbir Kaur, who hails from Amritsar district, told PTI over the phone.

Singh’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, his teenaged daughters Swapandeep and Poonam, besides Dalbir Kaur went to Lahore to meet the Indian national for the first time in 18 years.

The ordeal was similar to what Jadhav’s family endured in Islamabad recently, according to Dalbir Kaur.

Jadhav’s mother and wife were stripped of their bindis, bangles and ‘mangalsutra’, made to change into different clothes and wear slippers by discarding their shoes.

“Even before the meeting was to take place, the behaviour of Pakistani authorities was bad. A female cop took out a handkerchief and wiped out the ‘sindoor’ from Sukhpreet’s forehead. Both Sukhpreet and I were asked to take out hair pins as well.

Sarabjit’s teenaged daughters were also mistreated, and authorities were rude even after I raised objections. We were even asked to take out our ‘kadas’ (bracelets),” Dalbir Kaur said.

She recalled that as Singh loved “bharwan karela”, a bitter gourd dish, the family cooked it at their home in Amritsar and brought it for him.

“However, again the Pakistan authorities were rude. They opened the container and forcibly stuffed it into our mouths asking us to taste it first,” she said.

That was not the end of the ordeal, she said.

“Before proceeding to meet Sarabjit in jail, a manager at a Lahore Gurudwara asked us to keep our passports there.

When we were to leave after the meeting, we were told to show our passports. When reminded that we had been asked to deposit these at the Gurudwara, the Pakistan authorities delayed our departure telling us that the documents were not traceable,” she said.

Dalbir Kaur said that in 2011 too she met Singh in jail.

“I was the only one to be granted a visa. But this time too their treatment was no different. They took my ‘kirpan’ forcibly and when I asked them to at least keep it safely, they flung it in some corner showing disrespect which deeply hurt my religious sentiments,” she said.

“When I met Sarabjit, he cried a lot, asking me to help prove his innocence,” she recalled.

The Tribune – Tantrik rapes woman with landlord’s help

Tribune News Service

Moga-Panjab-India, 27 December 2017. A tantrik has been booked for allegedly raping a Moga woman with the help of her landlord on the pretext of helping her give birth to a child.

The accused has been identified as Jeewan Baba. He has been booked under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC.

The landlord identified as Mintu has also been made a co-accused in the case. The police said the victim used to live with her husband at a rented accommodation in an outer locality of Moga city. She originally hails from Ludhiana city.

The couple had no child due to which they were living under depression.

The landlord introduced the couple to the tantrik, who visited the couple’s house many a time to perform black magic.

On December 9, the tantrik persuaded the woman to drink a sedative-laced tea, following which the woman fainted and the tantrik committed the crime.

The police said the woman’s medical examination had been conducted at the district hospital and her statement would be recorded in the local judicial court tomorrow.

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Outlook India – Pakistan releases 147 Indian fishermen on humanitarian grounds

Wagah/Attari-Panjab-Pakistan/India, 29 december 2017. Pakistan will on Friday afternoon release 147 Indian fishermen via Attari border in Punjab’s Amritsar.

The fishermen, who were arrested for allegedly fishing in country’s territorial waters, were freed from a Karach jail on Thursday

As per the reports, the fishermen will be handed over to Indian officials at Wagah border crossing tomorrow.

The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) had earlier this week arrested 28 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing illegally in the country’s territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.

Around 168 Indian fishermen have been held by the Pakistan Maritime Security personnel since the last five weeks.

Dawn – ‘Restrictions’ on Jadhav’s family trigger new spat

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

Islamabad-Islamabad Capital Territory-Panjab, 27 December 2017. A day after the government allowed convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and mother, India accused Pakistan of violating the ground rules agreed for the meeting.

A statement from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) claimed that Islamabad committed four violations of the agreed upon rules by: prohibiting the family from conversing in their native Marathi tongue; making the two women change their attire and remove religious symbols; preventing the Indian deputy high commissioner from observing the meeting; and, permitting media to “harass and hector” the two women.

The MEA statement claimed that the meeting was held in an “intimidating” atmosphere that lacked credibility. Pakistan has, meanwhile, denied the allegations.

In a statement, the Foreign Office rejected the Indian allegations as “baseless and twists” that came 24 hours after the meeting.

“We do not wish to indulge in a meaningless battle of words. Our openness and transparency belies these allegations. If Indian concerns were serious, the guests or the Indian [diplomat] should have raised them during the visit with the media, which was readily available, but at a safe distance, as requested by India,” the statement said.

The FO statement recalled that Jadhav’s mother “publicly thanked Pakistan for the humanitarian gesture” in front of the media, adding: “Nothing more needs to be said”.

However, the controversy over Chetankul Jadhav’s shoes, which were retained by security officials prior to the meeting, took a new turn after the FO confirmed that a “metallic substance” had been detected in them.

“There was something in the shoe. It is being investigated. We gave her a pair of replacement shoes. All her jewellery etc were returned after the meeting,” FO spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.

Indian officials, however, insisted that the shoes of Mrs Jadhav were retained for “inexplicable reasons” and warned against “any mischievous intent in this regard”.

In pictures taken when the two women arrived at the FO on Monday, Mrs Jadhav could be seen wearing brown shoes, but left in white slippers. Curiously, all photos taken after she disembarked from the SUV that brought them to the venue showed her looking down at her shoes.

The MEA statement came after Jadhav’s mother and wife held a series of meetings with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other top officials, including Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan J P Singh, who accompanied the two women from Islamabad.

It said Jadhav’s wife was asked to remove her bindi and mangal sutr, while his mother was not allowed to converse with him in their mother tongue.

Most Indian media organisations underscored the fact that Avantisudhir and Chetankul met Jadhav at the heavily-guarded FO building through a glass screen, but didn’t add that this was standard practice, observed even for visitors meeting prisoners in Indian jails.

“We note with regret that the Pakistani side conducted the meeting in a manner which violated the letter and spirit of our understandings,” Indian Express quoted MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying.

In its statement, the MEA said that despite a clear agreement that the media would not be allowed access to the family, “the Pakistani press was allowed on multiple occasions to approach family members closely, harass and hector them and hurl false and motivated accusations about Jadhav”.

“From the feedback we have received of the meeting, it appears that Jadhav was under considerable stress and speaking in an atmosphere of coercion. Most of his remarks were clearly tutored and designed to perpetuate the false narrative of his alleged activities in Pakistan. His appearance also raises questions of his health and well-being,” the statement said.

“‘Though the family members handled the situation with great courage and fortitude, we regret that contrary to assurances, the overall atmosphere of the meeting was intimidating insofar as family members were concerned,”’ it noted.

Our correspondent in New Delhi also contributed to this report.