The case of Kashmir Singh seems to get curiouser and curiouser. Released after 35 years in various Pakistan jails following a pardon by President Pervez Musharraf of espionage charges, Kashmir now says he was, in fact, a spy. Sarabjit Pandher in The Hindu has the story:
In a reversal of his stand that he had no role in espionage, Kashmir Singh, who was released from a Pakistani jail after being incarcerated for 35 years, on Friday admitted that he had gone into Pakistan “on duty” to spy for the Indian Military Intelligence.
However, he refused to divulge details about who controlled the operations.
Addressing journalists at the Press Club here, Mr. Singh, with his wife Paramjit Kaur by his side, narrated his experiences of crossing the border on numerous occasions to collect information required by the MI.
Earlier, in Mail Today, Manoj Joshi regrets the fact that both India and Pakistan treat their spies as expendable pawns
The story of Kashmir Singh cannot fail to stir the heart of every Indian. Here is a man, convicted for spying, who spent 35 long years entombed on the death row in Pakistan. Singh says he was not a spy; that does not matter. Even if he was one, he was a pawn in a larger game that routinely has dozens of agents crossing the border, or the Line of Control in Kashmir, to gather low level military intelligence. Their task is to update what is called the enemy’s “ order of battle”— the location of armoured or infantry units, artillery batteries, air force squadrons and cantonments — the pieces of a real life chessboard.