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Pak rights activist Burney deported back to Dubai

india Updated: May 31, 2008 02:08 IST

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Leading Pakistani human rights activist, who fought for the release of Indian death row prisoners Kashmir Singh and Sarabjit Singh in Pakistan, was tonight deported from New Delhi back to Dubai, sources said.

Burney, who was the Human Rights Minister in the interim government in Pakistan, was deported back from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by an Emirates Airways flight at around 2030 hours because of a "look-out" notice against him, they said.

It was, however, not immediately clear who had issued the notice against him and in what connection.

Burney successfully secured the release of Kashmir Singh, who spent 35 years on death row in a Lahore jail, on February 20 this year as President Pervez Musharraf approved his mercy petition filed on the Indian's behalf by the Human Rights ministry.

Singh was arrested in Rawalpindi on espionage charges in 1973, was sentenced to death by an army court.

Burney is also playing a key role in efforts to save Sarabjit Singh, who was charged with triggering bomb blasts in Lahore in 1990, from the gallows.

It was his efforts that led to Pakistan government's indefinitely postponing execution of Sarabjiit earlier this month.