'I want to go to Pak... want to meet my family'
Three days after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to India, Khalil Chisty was released on bail from the Ajmer Central Jail, where he had spent the last 14 months.india Updated: Apr 12, 2012 00:18 IST
Three days after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to India, Khalil Chisty was released on bail from the Ajmer Central Jail, where he had spent the last 14 months.
"I am happy I will be able to move freely after so many years," said the ailing 81-year-old Pakistani virologist, serving life term for killing a man named Idris during a family feud in Ajmer in 1992.
He was granted bail by Supreme Court on humanitarian grounds on Monday.
Dressed in a white Pathani suit and a skullcap and holding a 'beedi', Chisty thanked Zardari for making efforts for him.
"I am grateful to those who made efforts for my release. I would like to go to Pakistan as soon as possible and meet my family members," he said outside the jail on Wednesday.
He also expressed a wish to offer prayers at the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
"I will appeal to India and Pakistan to take a liberal view about those inmates who have been in jails in both countries," he said.
Chisty was released after his younger brother, Sayed Jameel Chsity, and a cousin, Anwarul Haq, furnished two bonds of R50,000 each and a surety of R1 lakh as directed by the Supreme Court.
Sayed reached the district court at 9:30am even though his advocate had asked him to reach there at 11am.
"I was very excited," said Sayed, whose lives in Ajmer's Jhalara area.
The family has readied a room in their house where Chisty will be staying before he returns to Pakistan.
"He likes mutton, so I have cooked special mutton dishes and sewaiyan," Sayed's wife Kamrunnisa Begum said.
First Published: Apr 12, 2012 00:16 IST