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Govt should intervene in Sarabjit case: BJP

"If the government is convinced that he is innocent then it should move ahead to save him," said a BJP spokesperson.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 14:57 IST

The BJP and the Shiromani Akali Dal have sought government intervention to save Sarabjit Singh, who is in a Pakistani jail facing execution.

Pakistan's Supreme Court had earlier rejected an appeal to overturn his death sentence.

"If the government is convinced that he is innocent and that he has been a victim of mistaken identity, it should move ahead to save him," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said.

The SAD, a BJP ally, sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to secure release of Sarabjit.

"The Prime Minister should immediately take diplomatic initiatives to save Sarabjit and secure his release from Pakistan," SAD Secretary General Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa said.

Also, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthak), headed by Delhi's Sikh religious leader Manjit Singh, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, asking for his intervention to save the man who accidentally strayed into Pakistan 15 years ago.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 14:57 IST