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No evidence to link Sarabjit attack to Afzal hanging: Najam Sethi

IANS  New Delhi, May 02, 2013
First Published: 21:34 IST(2/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:36 IST(2/5/2013)

There was negligence in the case of murderous attack on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in a Lahore jail but no evidence to link it to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging, Pakistan Punjab's caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi said Thursday.

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"I have not seen any evidence of this sort," Sethi told CNN-IBN channel in response to a query if the murderous attack last week on Sarabjit was linked to the Feb 9 hanging of Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar Jail.

"I can say there was negligence but I am not aware of anything else," he said when asked about a letter Sarabjit reportedly wrote to his family apprehending a threat to his life.

Stating he had ordered an internal inquiry and a judicial probe into the alleged killing of Sarabjit, Sethi said the reports would be given to the Pakistan foreign office.

"It is not a provincial matter," he said.

Sethi expressed the hope that both India and Pakistan would be able to discuss the issue in future.

"There is no reason why at some stage both the countries cannot  sit down and discuss this issue," he said.


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