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Chisty praises Indian PM

world Updated: May 16, 2012 23:29 IST

Virologist Mohammed Khalil Chisty, who was in an Indian jail for a 1992 murder and reached here on a plane sent by President Asif Ali Zardari, said it felt great to be back in Pakistan from "a point of virtually no return".

Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday night received 80-year-old Chisty, permitted by the Indian Supreme Court May 10 to visit Pakistan during the pendency of his appeal against his conviction in a murder case and life imprisonment in Ajmer.

Chisty said at the Islamabad airport that he had almost lost hope, but by the grace of Allah this miracle took place and he was back home from "a point of virtually no return".

He also lauded Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his kind heartedness and Pakistani leaders for making efforts for his release, reported Geo News.

Zardari, during his meeting with Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last month, had pleaded for clemency for Chisty given his advanced age.

Chisty was sentenced to life imprisonment for the death of a person in a brawl while he was visiting Ajmer in April 1992.