Gujarat man reunited with family after 28 years in Pakistan jail
A Gujarat man, who was jailed in Pakistan on espionage charges, has reunited with his family after spending more than 28 years behind bars. The 59-year-old man was arrested by Pakistan agencies in 1994.
Kuldeep Yadav, 59, was awarded a life term by a court in Pakistan and spent 28 years languishing in jail.
After reuniting with his family, Yadav appealed to the Union government to help bring back other compatriots languishing in prisons in the neighbouring country.
Kuldeep Yadav, who had lost contact with his family in 2013, requested the government help him with his rehabilitation, saying he was left with nothing and could not remain dependent on his siblings.
"For how long will I remain dependent on my brothers and sister? I appeal to the government to help me in my rehabilitation. Even the shirt on my body is from Pakistan. I don't even have my own clothes," he said.
Kuldeep also appealed to the Indian High Commission in Pakistan to understand the plight of Indians lodged in jails in the neighbouring country and help bring them back home.
"I want all the Indian prisoners languishing there to get the same happiness of reuniting with their family members that I have got today. The Indian government should release Pakistani prisoners jailed here in return for Indians jailed in Pakistan," PTI quoted him as saying.
Yadav was arrested by Pakistani authorities on March 23, 1994, and was kept in detention for three years. Following that, a military court sentenced him to 25 years in prison on spying charges. He was transferred to Kot Lakhpat Jail in 1996.