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.