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Zardari asks Manmohan to send Chisty back

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to send 80-year-old Chisty to his country. SC on Monday granted bail to Chisty who was undergoing life imprisonment in Ajmer jail.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2012 11:59 IST
Mohammad Khalil Chisty,Chisty,SC

Mohammad Khalil Chisty, 80, who has been granted bail by the Supreme Court should be sent to Pakistan on humanitarian grounds, President Asif Ali Zardari has said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India's apex court on Monday granted bail to Chisty who is undergoing life imprisonment in a jail in Ajmer for involvement in a clash that resulted in the death of a person.

Zardari has appealed to Manmohan Singh to send Chisty to Pakistan, reported Geo News.

Chisty's issue was discussed during Zardari’s meeting with Manmohan Singh on Sunday in New Delhi.

Zardari has also directed interior minister Rehman Malik to make all arrangements to bring Chisty to Pakistan.

All expenditures of Chisty’s return to Pakistan will be borne by the government, said an interior ministry statement.

Chisty, a virologist at the Karachi Medical College, is accused of killing a man during a brawl in April 1992 in Ajmer. He was in the city to offer prayers at the famous dargah (shrine) of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti when the incident happened.

The bail to him was granted a day after Zardari arrived in India on a day-long visit that saw him meeting Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and paying obeisance at Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti's shrine in Ajmer.

First Published: Apr 14, 2012 10:47 IST