Exploit all diplomatic channels to bring Sarabjeet to India: Badal to Indian PM

New Delhi/May 1
India should exploit all diplomatic channels for bringing back Sarabjeet from the Pakistan to ensure better medical treatment to him, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Badal sought PM’s intervention for bringing back Sarabjeet Singh to provide proper treatment to him after he was seriously injured in an attack by other prisoners in the Kot Lakhpat Rai Jail of Pakistan.
“It is unfortunate that Sarabjeet Singh continues to be in coma and was on ventilator after being brutally attacked by other prisoners due to which it was the moral duty of the Union government to make all out efforts for his early release thereby saving his precious life,” Badal said.
“It is high time that the Prime Minister, Union Foreign Affairs Minister and Union Home Minister must exploit all the diplomatic channels for bringing him back from the Pakistan,” he said, adding that immediate relief must be provided to Sarabjeet on humanitarian ground for saving his valuable life.
He expressed solidarity with his family and said that the state government was solidly with them in this hour of crisis. “There is hardly anything in the hands of the state government in the matters pertaining to the foreign affairs but then also the Punjab government appeals the Government of India (GoI) to take a prompt action for saving the life of Indian death row prisoner,” Badal added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of New and Renewable energy Farooq Abdullah today assured Parkash Singh Badal that their Ministry will sympathetically consider the proposal of the state government to enhance the existing subsidy on the solar irrigation pump sets from 30 percent to 70 percent for optimum utilization of the Solar energy in various Agricultural operations.
Abdullah appreciated the efforts made by the state government to promote new and renewable energy with a twin objective of benefiting the farmers by ensuring uninterrupted supply of quality power on one hand and saving abundant electricity on the other.