Sarabjit sends mercy plea to Pak Prez
The petition seeks pardon under the powers granted to the President by Pakistan's constitution.india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 15:42 IST
Indian national Sarabjit Singh has sent a mercy petition to President Pervez Musharraf seeking release on the grounds that he was innocent and wrongly implicated.
Sarabjit has been condemned to death for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in Pakistan.
The petition was sent to Musharraf last week both by post and through the high-security jail near Lahore, where Singh is currently imprisoned.
The petition seeks pardon under the powers granted to the President by Pakistan's constitution, the Indian prisoner's lawyer, Rana Abdul Hameed said.
Hameed said from Lahore over phone that the mercy petition was filed after the Supreme Court last month dismissed an application by him seeking a review of the death sentence given to him in a bomb blast case at Yakkin Gate in Lahore in 1990 in which three persons were killed and several injured.
Hameed has been hired by a Canadian human rights group to defend Singh.
The mercy petition was filed even though the Supreme Court is yet to give its verdict on another case against Singh in which he was accused of committing three more bomb blasts in Pakistan's Punjab province.
In all 14 people were killed in the four bomb blasts in which Singh was accused of involvement by Pakistan police.
Pakistan police alleged that he was an Indian spy and entered Pakistan through the Punjab border to cause sabotage.
The mercy petition in Yakkin gate case has been filed to prevent the Pakistani authorities from acting on his death sentence even though one more case was pending against him in connection with the three bomb blasts.