External affairs minister SM Krishna has assured the family of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national on death row in Pakistan, that he would take up the issue of his release when he meets his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar next month. Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, said at a media briefing that Krishna has been taking a "keen interest" in the matter.
Sarabjit, a resident of Bhikhiwind in Punjab, was convicted of staging four bombings in Lahore and Multan in 1990 that killed at least 14 people. However, his family claims he crossed into Pakistan inadvertently in August 1990 in an inebriated state and that his is a case of mistaken identity. The official said that India has consistently urged Pakistan on several occasions to take a "sympathetic and humanitarian view" of the case regarding Sarabjit and the Indian high commission in Islamabad is ready to assist.