Advertisement

HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

India again seeks mercy for Sarabjit

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 18, 2008
First Published: 22:31 IST(18/4/2008) | Last Updated: 04:03 IST(19/4/2008)
India has again appealed to Pakistan to spare the life of Sarabjit Singh, a death row prisoner in a Lahore jail, whose life hangs in balance after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf stayed his execution till April 30.

“I would appeal to the authorities in Pakistan to show clemency to Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner who has been in (a) Pakistani jail since 1990 and who has been under sentence of death for the last 17 years,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday.

Advertisement

“Whatever the legal position may be, on humanitarian grounds alone, I would hope that mercy could be shown to this unfortunate human being,” he added. Mukherjee’s remarks are an acknowledgement of how seriously New Delhi looks at the prospect of Sarabjit’s hanging and its likely impact on India-Pakistan relations.

Television channels, meanwhile, quoted sources in Pakistan as saying that the hanging has been deferred by a few more days. The reports could not be confirmed. Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney was quoted by PTI as saying that he would file a fresh appeal with Musharraf seeking clemency for Sarabjit.


Advertisement
more from New Delhi

AAP accuses Jung of stopping them to send J-K aid

AAP on Friday accused LieutenantGovernor Najeeb Jung of preventing its MLAs from sending relief package to Jammu and Kashmir by "raising an objection" to the transfer of Rs 20 lakh from the funds of each of its 27 legislators to Jammu and Kashmir CM fund.

Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved