Bhikiwind's college students pitch in for Sarabjit Singh
Students in Punjab's Bhikhiwind village, Sarabjit Singh's native village, raised money on Wednesday to enable his family members visit him in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.
Sarabjit Singh is facing death charges on account of spying, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan recently upheld his death sentence awarded by a Pakistani court for his involvement in bomb blasts across three Pakistani cities, which killed 14 people.
The students belonging to the same college as Singh's daughters contributed their month's pocket money in this effort.
"The fund that we are collecting today in our college is for the family of Sarabjit. We want his daughter to go to Pakistan and meet him," said Sonia, a student.
Singh's family members have threatened to commit suicide if he is executed, saying it is a case of mistaken identity and he is a farmer who wandered into Pakistan while drunk.
Sukhpreet Kaur, Singh's wife, who is awaiting permission from the government to visit Pakistan, said she was touched by the girls' gesture.
"I am grateful to them for collecting funds for us so that we can go and meet my husband," she said.
Earlier, on Tuesday, diplomats visited Sarabjit Singh as officials from the two sides, ended talks to curb terrorism and drug trafficking and said they would exchange dozens of prisoners next month.
Singh's lawyer has also sought a review of the sentence and has plans to appeal for clemency. Singh's family has also appealed to Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for clemency, but Pakistani officials say Singh carried out terrorist attacks in Pakistan.