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Sarabjit case under consideration: Pak

Pakistan says that it is considering the case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh for commuting his death sentence into life imprisonment.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2008 22:06 IST

Pakistan on Friday said that it is considering the case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh for commuting his death sentence into life imprisonment.

"Sarabjit Singh's case is under consideration," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told a joint press conference in New Delhi with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee after their talks.

He was replying when asked whether Sarabjit's case would come under the purview of Pakistan government's recent move to commute death sentences of prisoners into life imprisonment.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani announced last week that the Interior Ministry will be asked to "move a summary to President Pervez Musharraf to commute the sentence of those on death row to life imprisonment."

The government's decision had raised the hopes for release of Sarabjit, the 42-year-old Indian in jail for last 18 years for his alleged role in the 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan.

His hanging was put off indefinitely last month after the Indian government took up his case amid intense pressure from his family and Pakistani human rights activists like Ansar Burney.

Earlier in the bilateral talks, Mukherjee and Qureshi agreed that the issue of prisoners and fishermen was a humanitarian one and had to be dealt with accordingly.

Both Mukherjee and Qureshi said that joint Judicial Committee on Prisoners had proved to be an effective way to deal with issues arising from prisoners and fishermen in custody.

The two sides hoped that the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee would speedily address the humanitarian aspects of this issue.