A day after Sarabjit Singh’s family urged the Centre to work with Pakistani authorities for his release, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take up the case of the Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan to save his life.
Sarabjit’s death sentence in 1990 bomb attack cases was upheld by Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The Punjab CM has also expressed surprise that the Indian diplomats in Pakistan could not ensure the presence of Sarabjit’s counsel Abdul Hamid Rana in the court when the death row convict’s petition was being heard in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Urging the Centre to plead for a new Indian counsel for defending Sarabjit, Badal recalled how India had allowed Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive in the Mumbai terror attacks, to engage a Pakistani lawyer.
Badal also appealed to the international community to take up the case of Sarabjit’s at the human rights fora and persuade the Pakistan Government to take a sympathetic view in the matter.
He said the ruling SAD and the Punjab Government stood firmly by Sarabjit’s family which asked the Centre and Pakistani authorities yesterday to work for his release as he was “innocent”.