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This is the end of the 400-meter-long secret tunnel which connects India-Pakistan and was recently unearthed in Jammu & Kashmir. PHOTO:

JAMMU: Indian authorities on Saturday discovered a 400-metre long tunnel, running between India and Pakistan, along the International Border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, reported Press Trust of India.

“We have discovered a tunnel running between Pakistan and India in Samba district,” the report quoted Superintendent of Police (SSP) Samba Israr Khan as saying.

The SSP was further quoted as saying that the tunnel was detected after an area caved-in at two or three places due to rains near the Border Security Force’s (BSF) Chillayari Border Out Post (BOP). He added that the tunnel, with a dimension of 3×3 foot, was running between Chillayari BOP and Pakistan’s Numberiyal BOP.

Dug at a depth of 25 foot below the ground level, it was 400 meters long on the Indian side, the SSP said adding “we are confirming whether the tunnel is operational or not.”

The tunnel, which seemed to be freshly constructed, had air supply through a 2 inch pipe, he said adding “we are looking into all aspects.”

Commenting on Pakistan facing a lot of pressure from the militants to infiltrate them into the Indian Territory, the SSP said, “Since it is difficult to push in militants to the Indian side, they decided to set up a tunnel to facilitate infiltration.”

Spies were also providing bogus information regarding Mujahideen camps and their activities to their Indian handlers.

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NEW DELHI: India on Friday denied that an Indian man freed after serving three decades in a Pakistani jail on espionage charges was a spy working for New Delhi.

The denial came even though the released prisoner, Surjeet Singh, 69, had told Indian media on Thursday that he was spying for India when he was arrested by Pakistani authorities in the 1980s.

Singh, who was sentenced to death after being convicted by a Pakistani court on spying charges, returned to India on Thursday after being freed.

“We do not accept this (that Singh was a spy). It is completely wrong,” Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh told a news conference in New Delhi.

“We deny it (because) we do not do this kind of thing,” he said in response to reporters’ questions about whether the freed man worked for government agencies.

“Neither do we do spying, nor we send spies,” the home secretary added.

The two Singhs are not related.

Surjeet Singh had told Indian reporters after returning home that he had gone to Pakistan for “spying” and named the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s espionage agency, as his paymaster.

In April 2011, Gopal Das, one of Pakistan’s longest-serving Indian prisoners, was released after Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari intervened in his case.

Upon his release, Das admitted he was an Indian spy and lashed out at the Indian authorities for abandoning him during his 23 years in jail.

Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India have fought three wars since the division of the subcontinent in 1947 and came to the brink of another conflict as recently as 2002.

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Recently released Indian spy Surjeet Singh claims that Sarabjit Singh has converted Islam and is now known as Sarfaraz,  Sarabjit is currently imprisoned at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail and has been sentenced to death for his alleged role in bomb blasts.

Surjeet was recently released from Kot Lakhpat after 30 years. The Indian national had been arrested by Pakistani police on charges of spying during the regime of Ziaul Haq.

In addition to the claim of Sarabjit’s conversion, Surjeet has also claimed that another Indian prisoner in Pakistan, Kirpal Singh, had also converted to Islam and is now known as Mohammed Din. He was speaking to the media at the information centre of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee during his visit to the Golden Temple.

Sarabjit’s sister, while confirming that she heard Kirpal be called by a Muslim name, has denied that her brother has converted. Dalbir Kaur said:

This is not true at all. Sarabjit was a Gursikh, is a Gursikh and will remain a Gursikh. He has kept photos of Sikh gurus in jail and a Sikh religious book. He regularly recites from that book.

Kaur said her brother had been addressed as Sarabjit or Manjit when she had last visited him in jail.

The dramatic events on Tuesday night had drained Sarabjit’s family after Pakistan announced that the Indian prisoner in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail — sentenced to death for his alleged role in bomb blasts – would be released after his sentence was commuted to life. Hours later, though, it was clarified that it was not Sarabjit but another Indian prisoner, Surjeet Singh, who was being released.

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LAHORE: Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh was released Thursday from Kot Lakhpat jail after serving his lifeterm for 27 years, Geo News reported. He, along with 311 fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagha border.

In his brief talk after being released, Surjeet Singh said that he had a pleasant time while being jailed in Pakistan but he kept on missing his home and family.

Surjeet said that he will go to Golden Temple as soon as he will reach India to express his gratitude.

Upon his arrival in India, Surjeet admitted to being sent for spying in Pakistan.

He said Indian prisoners in Pakistan are treated well, adding that he met Sarbjit as well.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said it was time for Sarabjit to be set free.

“I welcome this decision (on Surjeet) and further renew our request to the president of Pakistan to release Sarabjit who has been in custody for well over two decades and is serving a death sentence,” Krishna said.

Surjeet Singh, son of Sucha Singh, was originally given death sentence that was commuted in 1989 by then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan on the advice of then premier Benazir Bhutto.

Surjeet Singh was held at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. He was captured near the border with India on charges of spying during the era of military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.

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Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has ordered release of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, changing his death sentence to life term.

Law Minister Farooq H. Naik has signed a summary for the release of the Indian prisoner .

The law minister forwarded the summary to the Interior Ministry with the instructions that the Indian prisoner be immediately released as he had completed his jail term.

Singh,49, an Indian spy, has been languishing in Pakistani jail since 1990 after being sentenced to death by a  court for his involvement in  bomb blasts in Multan and Lahore.

President Asif Ali Zardari has changed Singh’s death sentence to life term and presidential spokesman has confirmed it. Singh has been kept in Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore.

India last month released a Pakistani scientist Dr Khalil Chishti on humanatrian grounds.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Sindh has requested President Asif Ali Zardari, during his private visit to New Delhi, to take measures for the release of the Indian spy.

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