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Sarabjit in good health: Indian diplomats

August 30, 2005 13:09 IST
Last Updated: August 30, 2005 21:46 IST

Sarabjit Singh, facing death sentence in Pakistan, on Tuesday gave his personal details, circumstances under which he was arrested, tried and convicted to two Indian High Commission officials who met him at the high-security Kot Lakhpath jail near Lahore.

41-year-old Sarabjit, who Pakistan claims is an alleged Indian spy Manjit Singh and blames him for the 1990 blasts in Lahore and Multan, is in good health and gave details of his parents, children and other members of his family during an hour-long meeting with Consular Visa Deepak Kaul and Attaché Visa S C Sharma.

Pakistan's Supreme Court upheld his death sentence recently.

"We had an hour long meeting with Sarabjit during which he gave us a number of his personal details as well as his side of the story," Kaul told PTI over phone after the meeting.

He also gave a message to be sent to his family, which Kaul declined to reveal.

Sarabjit, whose family members in Punjab have threatened to kill themselves if Pakistan carried out the death sentence, gave details of the circumstances under which he was caught, tried and convicted, Kaul said.

The tall, lanky and rural man appeared very intelligent and fairly knowledgeable and spoke both English and Hindi well, he said.

About the confusion over his name and identity, Kaul said he identified himself as Sarabjit Singh and not Manjit Singh as claimed by Pakistan.

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