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Sarabjit's family, Punjab Govt turn to PM

Sarabjit Singh's family and the Punjab government urge PM to immediately take up the matter with the Pakistan government.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Amritsar/chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2008 08:58 PM IST

Shocked by the news of a death warrant reportedly being served on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, his family and the Punjab government on Sunday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to immediately take up the matter with the Pakistan government.

Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur rushed to Delhi where she was scheduled to meet Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and had also sought an audience with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi besides the prime minister.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's media advisor Harcharan Singh Bains said, "the state government is working hard to get in touch with the prime minister so he can take up the issue with the Pakistani authorities, keeping in view the relations between the two neighbours".

Dalbir Kaur told PTI, "I have only one brother and his name is Sarbjit Singh; not Manjit Singh. He is innocent and it is a case of mistaken identity".

She appealed to the Pakistani authorities to make a humanitarian gesture and release him like the way they did in the case of Kashmir Singh.

She heard on TV news channels that Sarabjit would be sent to the gallows on April 1, "but the Indian government has not confirmed it. The news has come as a terrible shock to all of us. Today, I consider myself as most unfortunate sister in this world".

Refusing to believe that her brother would be hanged, she asked the Indian government to contact their counterparts in Pakistan to learn "what is the correct news".

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