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Yasin Malik asks Pak not to make hasty decision on Sarabjit

PTI   Islamabad, February 10, 2013
First Published: 16:54 IST(10/2/2013) | Last Updated: 13:43 IST(11/2/2013)

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front(JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Sunday asked the Pakistan government not to make any "hasty decision" on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh in the wake of Afzal Guru's execution.

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Addressing a gathering of Kashmiri leaders and activists ahead of funeral prayers in absentia in the Pakistani capital for Afzal, Malik said: "I know that some people are demanding that Sarabjit should be hanged. I urge you to make no such demand. That would amount to the same thing as the murder of Guru."

"I ask the government of Pakistan not to make any hasty decision in this regard," he added.

Afzal, convicted for his role in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian parliament, was hanged and buried in Delhi's Tihar Jail yesterday.

In the wake of the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, and Afzal, some Pakistani groups and media commentators have called for the hanging of Sarabjit.

Sarabjit has been on death row in a Pakistani jail since he was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab that killed 14 people.

His family says he is a victim of mistaken identity.

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