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Sarabjit's fate depends on new Pak Govt: Asma Jahangir

india Updated: Mar 19, 2008 14:34 IST

Holding out hope for Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, noted Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir on Wednesday said people at the "high levels" are working hard to secure reprieve for him.

"People at high levels are working hard behind the scenes to get his (Sarabjit) sentence postponed. We hope it may be postponed," Jahangir, who is the chairperson of the Pakistan National Human Rights Commission, said in the Capital.

"The problem is that (President Pervez) Musharraf is not listening to us. But even then we are doing our best," Jahangir, who is also United Nations Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion, said in the Capital on the sidelines of a conference.

The human rights activist said there will be a new democratic government in Pakistan in the next few days and it can decide the fate of Sarabjit.

India had on Wednesday appealed to Pakistan for Sarabjit's clemency on humanitarian grounds. Sarabjit's sister on Wednesday also handed over a clemency petition at the Pakistan High Commission here with a plea to Musharraf to show leniency towards her brother.

Sarabjit was sentenced to death for alleged involvement in the 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that claimed 14 lives.
Jahangir, meanwhile, participating in the conference on `Freedom and Religion' at the Jamia Millia Islamia, slammed the law in some states imposing ban on religious conversion.

"The conversion law has created more problems," she said.