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Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh soon, says lawyer

Islamabad, Sep 8 (): An Indian national, Sarabjit Singh, who is on his death row in Pakistani jail, is likely to set free soon by Pakistani government, lawyer of Sarabjit Singh, Awais Sheikh said.

Sheikh further added that he hoped Sarabjit would be freed before the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Pakistan. The lawyer said that the Pakistani government has decided to free Sarabjit Singh, after considering the information given by him and for the many prompt reasons behind it.

Sheikh said that he had filed a new mercy petition as soon as Khalid Chishti was released and in addition to new filing he has also provided the reasons to the President of Pakistan to pardon him and to commute his death sentence punishment to life imprisonment punishment.

He is very positive in his efforts and he hopes that Sarabjit Singh will surely be released before the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Pakistan.

Reports that were released earlier said that Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistani President has commuted Sarabjit’s death sentence to life imprisonment punishment and he has directed the authorities to free him if Sarabjit had finished his life prison term.

Sarabjit, 49, who has been in the prison for the past 21 years following a death row, is at present held at Kot Lakhpat jail of Lahore.

Sarabjit was given a death sentence for his suspected involvement in a series of bombings in 1990 in Punjab. Last month, he had filed a new mercy appeal to the Pakistani President Zardari.

Media reports said Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur has made an appeal to the PM of India, to ask the officials of Indian High Commission to visit Sarabjit’s prison and to check his health condition.

In a letter written by Sarabjit Singh to the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, he had pleaded her to help his family members in issuing visas, so that they could pay a visit to the Pakistani jail to see him.

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