Indian judges use Urdu poem to reason with Pak

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New Delhi:  Two judges of the Indian Supreme Court invoked the words of a Pakistani poet today, while asking Pakistan to release an Indian who has spent 27 years in prison.

Gopal Dass was arrested by Pak Border Security Forces in 1984 when he crossed into Pak border.

Quoting a couplet by Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra said, "Qafas udaas hai yaaron sabaa se kuch to kaho kaheen to beher-e-khuda aaj zikr-e-yaar chale". (My love makes me blue, I hear my beloved's mention somewhere... Is there some God's creation that can bring her to me...)

The judges said that while they cannot direct Pakistan to see Gopal Dass free, they hope their request will merit some review.

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