Indian Spy Sarbjit Singh & Israeli Jonathan Pollard

By Dr Shahid Qureshi

People protesting against the release of Sarabjit Singh

Indian Spy Sarbjit Singh

Sarabjit Singh had confessed his involvement in the bomb blasts according to the court record. Pakistan has TV broadcast a confession by Singh in September 2005, in which he said, ‘he worked for India’s foreign intelligence agency (RAW) and had set off five blasts in Lahore’.

Sarabjit was arrested by the Pakistani security officials for the killings of 14 innocent people in bombings. Pakistani government had released more than 100 Indian prisoners since the coalition government came to power. Indians have sent bodies of Pakistani prisoners and always been hostile towards Pakistan.

The way Zardari government dying in one-sided love with the Indians as Musharraf; it seems they will sell everything our ancestors fought for. It seems they are in a hurry to finish the job? When was the issue of transit trade to Afghanistan from India discussed, in cabinet or parliament? When India is blocking Pakistan’s water, Mr Zardari is giving them trade transit? If President Zardari thinks that India is not a threat to Pakistan then he must be immediately removed from the Presidency for ‘mental incapacity’, as he himself admitted having suffering from irreversible and untreatable shrinking of brain disease ‘dementia’?

Since 2005 anti Pakistan right wing Indian ‘Star TV’ was running a campaign for the release of an Indian spy and terrorist Surbjiit Singh imprisoned for various bombings and killing and injuring of innocent men, women, and children in Pakistan. Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard a former US Navy analyst serving his life sentence in US prison. US has refused to release Jonathan Pollard who is now Israeli Citizen and spied for Israel for ten years. Pollard only spied for US’s closet friend but Surbjiit Singh was involved in the killings of innocent people in Pakistan. If people who conspired to kill President Musharraf could be hang why an enemy spy and terrorist should go scot free for the crimes against Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld a death sentence imposed on an Indian spy and terrorist for a bombing that killed four people in 1990, court officials said on 27th September 2005. The court rejected an appeal by Sarabjit Singh, whose relatives in India along with the government have called on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to review the case.

It was the last of four petitions filed by Singh relating to different cases including terrorism and espionage. The Supreme Court dismissed the other three. The appeal related to Singh’s conviction on terrorism charges by a lower court for a July 1990 bomb blast in Lahore in which a woman and three men were killed.

Ansar Burney as interim Human Rights Minister, campaigned for the release of Kashmir Singh another Indian prisoner arrested and convicted for spying, declared his real identity as a spy in a press conference in India soon after his release.

Irony is we have not heard any protests from Ansar Burney, Asma Jahangir, I.A Rehman, Imtiaz Alam and other human rights activist regarding the illegal detention without trial and handover of ‘Dr Afia Siddiqui’ to the US and killings by the Raymond Davis?

Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard

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On the one hand US is expecting Pakistan to release a double murderer, a suspected spy and probably a triple agent of India-Israel and US without trail. But on the other it is not ready to release Jonathan Pollard now an Israeli citizen serving life sentence in a US prison.

Jonathan Pollard

On the other hand in November 1985, the FBI arrested Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, on charges of selling classified material to Israel. Pollard was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. His wife, Anne, got five years in jail for assisting her husband.

Immediately upon Pollard’s arrest, Israel apologized and explained that the operation was unauthorized. “It is Israel’s policy to refrain from any intelligence activity related to the United States,” an official government statement declared, “in view of the close and special relationship of friendship” between two countries. Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres stated: “Spying on the United States stands in total contradiction to our policy.”

In November 1995, Israel granted Jonathan Pollard Israeli citizenship. This publicly signalled to the US, Israel’s willingness to accept full responsibility for Pollard. On May 12, 1998, Israel formally acknowledged Jonathan Pollard was an official Israeli agent. This fact wiped out any remaining doubt about Jonathan Pollard’s motives. Being an official agent is, by definition, the polar opposite of being a mercenary. In the same May 12, 1998 statement, the Government of Israel publicly acknowledged full responsibility for Jonathan Pollard, and indicated its commitment to his immediate repatriation to Israel.

Four Prime Ministers of Israel and three Presidents of Israel have all personally requested Jonathan Pollard’s release from the Presidents of the US. Each one pledged to be personally responsible for their agent who has now served 15 years in prison under harsh conditions, and who has fully expressed his remorse. “Israel has officially acknowledged for the first time that an American Jew, Jonathan Pollard, who was arrested in the United States 13 years ago, was one of its spies”, reported BBC on 12th May, 1998. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Navy, is serving a life sentence in North Carolina for passing classified military documents to Israel. Until now, the Israeli authorities had always denied that Pollard was working under their direction.

The admission came in a statement from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s office, and acknowledged that he was handled by high-ranking officials in a scientific relations bureau. “In light of this fact, the State of Israel acknowledges its obligation to Mr Pollard and is ready to accept full responsibility accordingly,’ the statement said.

It said that Pollard had agreed to drop a petition pending in Israel’s Supreme Court asking for a formal recognition that he was indeed an agent in exchange for the announcement.” I am relieved, thankful, and honoured,” Pollard’s wife Esther told the Associated Press news agency by telephone from her home in Toronto, Canada.

The admission came on the eve of a visit by Mr Netanyahu to the United States to meet Jewish leaders and the Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Israeli media reported that a government committee set up by Mr Netanyahu was working out a plan to recognise Pollard as a spy and work for his release.

Several government ministers have visited Pollard in jail this past year, raising speculation that the government was taking his case more seriously. Pollard has been granted Israeli citizenship and his lawyer believes the public acknowledgment will help chances for a pardon.

In November 1985, while on the run from the US authorities, Pollard sought refuge at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, but was refused entry. Mrs Pollard has said the information her husband gave Israel over a decade ago was about the build-up of arms in neighbouring countries that some American officials did not want Israel to have. 

On 24th August 2004 CNN reported, ‘The FBI has evidence that a person who has been working at high levels in the Pentagon may be a spy for Israel, senior U.S. officials have confirmed to CNN reported on 28th August 2004. The alleged “mole” working for Israel could have been in a position to influence Bush administration policy toward Iran and Iraq, one of the officials said.

So when an American Senator said, “Pakistanis will sell their mothers for $ dollars”. He was probably talking about people like Zardari, Gillani, Musharaf and all those who handed over Pakistani citizens without legal process. About whom he was talking about and had experience of dealing with? Only elite class, leaders, and politicians of Pakistan have dealings with US senators. Surely honourable senator was not talking about 180 million proud and brave Pakistanis because he might never met them and they don’t have $ accounts in US?