India should apologize for spying: Pak

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 02, 2012 03:36 hrs

London: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said India should apologize for sending Surjeet Singh, who was released from a Pakistan jail after 30 years, as a spy.

Malik told a press conference that "India should tell how many extremists they have sent to Pakistan."

The remarks of Malik followed a statement by the released Indian prisoner from Pakistan that he was sent to the neighbouring nation for spying when he was captured in the 1980s.

"I went for spying," said Surjeet Singh when questioned by reporters.

India on Friday said it "does not send spy to Pakistan" reacting to Surjeet Singh's comments.

"We do not send spy to Pakistan," said Union Home Secretary R K Singh refuting what Surjeet Singh said.

Surjeet was given a death sentence in Pakistan, but his punishment was commuted to life imprisonment in 1989 by then Pakistan President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

At the Wagah border in Punjab on June 28, Surjeet Singh, 69, was reunited with his family in an emotional homecoming.

Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh, was also charged with spying.

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