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Kashmir Singh reunited with his family after 35 years

March 04, 2008
Former constable Kashmir Singh returned home on Tuesday to a hero's welcome and reunited with his family amid tears and hugs, a day after he was freed after languishing in Pakistani jails for 35 years.

"It is my new birth," said 67-year-old Singh, who was released on Monday night from a Lahore prison, getting a pardon from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf after being convicted on espionage charges.

Bald and white-bearded, Kashmir Singh had tears in his eyes as he crossed over to the Indian side of the Indo-Pak border at Wagah at 12:45 pm and was greeted by his wife and son, who was just 5 when he left India, ending their long wait.

"Never have we seen an Indian prisoner being escorted in a flag car of a minister," said Pakistan human rights minister Ansar Burney who accompanied him. Burney was instrumental in getting Singh released.

Image: Kashmir Singh after being reunited with his wife Paramjit Kaur at the Wagah border on Tuesday.
Text: Onkar Singh

Additional Reportage: PTI


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