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Sarabjit's daughter's plea to Pak for his release

In her appeal, his daughter says that her father is "innocent" and that his case was that of "mistaken identity".
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Bhikhiwind (punjab)
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2008 02:46 PM IST

The teenaged daughter of Sarabjit Singh, who is in death row in Pakistan, on Tuesday made a fervent appeal to Islamabad for his release, saying her father is "innocent" and that his case was that of "mistaken identity".

In her appeal to Pakistan's caretaker Human Rights Minister Ansar Burney, Swapandeep said, "I would like to appeal again to Burney that my father is innocent and that his case is that of mistaken identity".

She said "it is someone else's case that has been imposed on him and we have proved this point. "Burney ought to help us... As he is not a criminal," Swapandeep told a private news channel.

Burney, who was instrumental in the recent release of the Indian death row prisoner Kashmir Singh, has said he would not submit any petition in support of Sarabjit as he had been "charged with terrorism".

Sarabjit was sentenced to death for alleged involvement in the 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that claimed 14 lives.

Swapandeep, who hoped she would get "help" from the Pakistani Minister, also said "I hope that the Indian government and the Indian people will come to our support as they have previously done for us".

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