As 80-year-old ailing Pakistani scientist Mohd Khalil Chisti was released on bail from Ajmer prison, BJP hoped on Wednesday that Pakistan would reciprocate the gesture and free Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh who has been languishing in a jail in Lahore for the last 22 years.
"Obviously, we all stand in India with the aspiration that there is a reciprocity that Pakistan must follow on this," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
He was replying to a question on whether Pakistan should show reciprocity and free Sarabjit Singh after the release of Chisti.
Chisti, who was granted bail by Supreme Court on Monday in a two-decade-old murder case, was released on bail from the jail on Wednesday.
Sarabjit, who hails from Punjab, has been lodged in the
Lahore prison since 1990 for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that killed 14 people.
Though Sarabjit was slated to be hanged in 2008, Pakistani authorities put off his execution indefinitely after Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani intervened in the matter.
Chisti, who is serving life term after his conviction in January last year, was granted bail on humanitarian grounds.
A microbiologist by profession, Chisti had come to visit his ailing mother in Ajmer in 1992 when he got embroiled in a dispute and, in the melee, one of his neighbours was shot dead while his nephew got injured.