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Sarabjit's family to meet Kalam on Wednesday

The family will appeal for a written communication by New Delhi to Islamabad to free the prisoner.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 15:21 IST

The family of Sarabjit Singh, who faces execution in Pakistan for "spying", will meet President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday to appeal for a written communication by New Delhi to Islamabad to free the prisoner.

"There has been no written communication with Pakistan by our government regarding Sarabjit's case. We will be meeting the President to request him to ask the government to write to Pakistan formally in this matter," Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur said.

She said she would meet Kalam with her brother's 16-year-old daughter Poonam and wife Sukhpreet Kaur on Wednesday.

Last month, Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected Singh's appeal to have his death sentence overturned.

He was convicted of spying and carrying out four bombings which killed 14 people in Pakistan in 1990.

But his family says he accidentally strayed from his border village into Pakistan and is the victim of mistaken identity.

"Our government can save my brother if it can secure clemency for an Indian who was to have lost an eye as punishment in Saudi Arabia," Dalbir Kaur said, referring to the Saudi pardon to Kerala's Abdul Latif Naushad, who was convicted of damaging the eye of a Saudi man during a scuffle in 2003.