Following the release of Dr Khalil Chishty, Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna has renewed India’s request for the immediate release of Sarabjeet Singh along with all other Indian nationals who have completed their prison terms, ndtv.com reported on Wednesday.
“As you are aware, the government of India has consistently urged the government of Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view in the case of Sarabjeet Singh,” said Krishna while talking to the media.
Along with a request for the release of Sarabjeet, the Indian minister requested the release of other Indian nationals in Pakistani prisons as well.
“I also appeal to the government of Pakistan to release all Indian nationals who have completed their prison term and request the release of all other Indians who are serving jail sentences in Pakistan prisons,” he said.
Sarabjeet was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court for his involvement in a string of deadly bombings in Punjab in the ’80s and beginning of the ’90s.
All pleas for clemency have thus far been rejected in Sarabjeet’s case – which has been taken up by not only the Indian government but by rights activists on humanitarian grounds.
After the rejection of several mercy petitions in the past, he moved a fresh plea with President Asif Ali Zardari. His fifth and final petition carried the signatures of 100,000 Indians.
Earlier, the release of an Indian national named Sarjeet Singh – who had been in Pakistani custody for over 30 years serving life imprisonment – had been misreported as the release of Sarabjeet Singh.