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Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Islamabad, May 04, 2013
There have been mixed reactions to the death of Sarabjit Singh and the manner in which the Pakistan government handled his case.

Shabbir Ahmad, who works in an travel agency in Islamabad, said he felt sorry for the family but that the Pakistan government did the right thing in not letting the death row prisoner go back to India. "This would have meant a slap on our face especially after our courts have convicted him."

The conviction of the court, however, was something that some lawyers said was unfair given the evidence provided. "We cannot have a conviction on the basis of a forced confession that is taped on television," said Naseem Ahmad, a retired judge of the Sindh High Court. Ahmad says he is reminded of another confession, that of Maulana Abdul Aziz of the Lal Masjid who was brought before the PTV and made to confess about his role in the actions that led to the military operation. "These confessions seem to be a favorite of our agencies."

Aslam Yar Khan, a government servant said the attack on Sarabjit was unfortuate but what was more worrisome was that given the threat to his life, the government should have given the prisoner more security.

Noman Ahmad, a journalist, said not only was the whole incident unfortunate but the worst aspect was that the Pak government made it difficult for the Indian side to help their national.

He said he had seen how nationals in foreign countries were mistreated and how it was important that embassies reached out to their nationals.