Punjab government to cremate Sarabjeet with full state honours, declare him ‘National Martyr’

Indian PM Manmohan Singh condoles death of Sarabjeet Singh who died during treatment at Jinnah Hospital after he was attacked by prisoners in Pakistani jail

Chandigarh/New Delhi/May 2
Targeting Indian government for its failure to save Sarabjeet Singh, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that Singh will be cremated with full state honours and declared him ‘National Martyr’. Badal also offered government jobs to Sarabjeet’s daughters.
Badal expressed over Sarabjit Singh death who died in a Pakistani hospital early this morning today and condemned the inhuman treatment meted out to him in Pakistani jail that resulted in his death.
Badal described Sarabjit Singh as “a national martyr” who suffered unspeakable repression and torture with dignity. “Singh will be cremated with full state honours and Punjab government will provide government jobs to Sarabjit Singh’s two daughters,” Badal said adding that they stand by the family for whatever help they need in this hour of grief.
Meanwhile, Sarabjit’s body will be brought to Amritsar in a special flight later in the day and from there, Singh will be flown to their village for cremation. Punjab government has also decided to move a resolution to condole the death of Sarabjit Singh and to pay homage to the departed soul.
“This is ‘gross diplomatic failure’ and a sign of weakness on the apart of Government of India. Nations are run with a degree of strength of will, which is so missing in this government. We have this very sad feeling that the Government of India failed to articulate national sentiment on Sarabjit and did not even take the necessary diplomatic initiative at a level where it was called for. The issue needed to be on the table in any Indo-Pak engagement because Sarabjit was not just an innocent individual but had become yardstick to judge the sincerity for the Pakistan Government towards peace efforts”, Badal added.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled Sarabjeet’s death and in a statement said, “I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Sarabjit Singh. He was a brave son of India who bore his tribulations with valiant fortitude. The criminals responsible for the barbaric and murderous attack on him must be brought to justice. It is particularly regrettable that the government of Pakistan did not heed the pleas of the government of India.”