Bringing some hope to the family of Sarabjit Singh, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday assured India that he would consider the case of the Indian prisoner who has been on the death row in the country for more than 20 years.
This was conveyed by Zardari to external affairs minister SM Krishna, who called on the Pakistani President here.
Zardari asked officials to take note of the details of Sarabjit's case, official sources said.
Sarabjit, now 49, was convicted and sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in Pakistan Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people. He has maintained that his case was one of mistaken identity.
Sarabjit recently alleged that the jail authorities in Lahore were serving him "unhygienic" food, which was "difficult to eat", and he was being mistreated.
Earlier in the day, interior minister Rehman Malik said that Pakistan had given India special consular access to Sarabjit, who is lodged in a Lahore jail, following complaints of ill-treatment.
The special consular access was given day before yesterday (on Wednesday), he said, adding that Sarabjit would be treated properly.
In May this year, Sarabjit sent a fresh clemency appeal to President Zardari, the fifth one seeking a pardon.
On the issue of pardon for the Indian national, Malik said the matter would be decided according to the law.
At present, Sarabjit is being held at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore and has been on the death row for over 20 years.
Following his complaints, the High Commission of India here had approached Pakistan's foreign ministry seeking special consular access to Sarabjit.