Amritsar: Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails were safe, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Thursday said. Answering reporters' questions here this evening on ensuring the safety of Indian and Pakistan prisoners in each other's territories, Kaur said "Pakistani prisoners are safe in Indian jails. We are a responsible government."
She said the Indian plane carrying the body of Sarabjit had taken off from Lahore International Airport and the aircraft would soon land in Amritsar.
Kaur said the body of Sarabjit from Amritsar would be taken to his' native village Bikhiwind near here. Asked about the delay in the Air India plane having taken off from Lahore, she said it was due to certain customs formalities. "All formalities have now been completed and the plane has taken off," she added.
Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa said that Sarabjit's death "is a setback for relations between India and Pakistan".
Kaur said she would be representing the government of India "on this sad moment." Besides her, Punjab Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa and other party leaders would attend the cremation at Bikhwind on Friday.
Bajwa told reporters that Sarabjit's death "is a setback for relations between India and Pakistan".