Faridkot: Four decade-long wait of Angrez Kaur-- wife of Border Security Force (BSF) constable Surjit Singh, who went missing in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, seems to be over, but the lackadaisical attitude of Indian government and Pakistan officials has disappointed her.

Angrez Kaur, who has been waiting for her husband from four decades, came to know in 2004 that her husband was alive and was in Pakistan jail. Since then she has been waiting for him with her fading eyesight.

She has kept one hope alive that that she would see her husband one more time before she loses her vision completely.

The BSF in 1974 had declared Constable Surjit Singh a martyr after he went missing during the 1971 war.

After the two Indian prisoners - Satish Marwah of Ferozpur and Kushi Mohammad of Malerkotla, who were released from Pak’s Kot Lakhpat jail in 2004, told Kaur and her son Amrik that Surjit Singh was alive and was lodged in Lakhpat jail, their happiness knew no bounds.

“Satish Marwah even told that he had shared the same cell with my husband for many years,” Kaur said.

Thereafter, Amrik approached the Indian government and the BSF, but failed to receive any satisfactory reply from anywhere. After waiting for years for help from the Indian authorities, they decided to seek the help of former Pakistan Minister Ansar Burney.

“My son met Burney and narrated the whole story about his father and sought his help to search him. Burney told that he has traced Surjit in Lahore and assured us that my husband Surjit would soon return home,” Kaur exclaimed.

JPN/Bureau