Manmohan intervenes: Dr Khaleel Chishty to be released soon

Indian PM personally intervenes in case of Pakistani virologist imprisoned in India.

Express June 23, 2011

A day before foreign secretary level talks begin between India and Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has personally intervened in the case of the Dr Khaleel Chishty, a Pakistani virologist imprisoned in India for over 18 years, and he is now likely to be released soon, according to CNN-IBN, an Indian news channel.

The doctor’s mercy petition had been approved by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who had first reviewed the appeal at the request of the Indian prime minister and the home minister. After the prime minister’s invention, Rajasthan Governor Shivraj Patil, who has final say on the matter, is likely to approve the release, said CNN-IBN.

Chishty was sentenced to life in prison for murder, during a 1992 visit.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2011.


Sanjay Sharma | 10 years ago | Reply In my comments appeared on the subject matter on 19th instant, I had expressed confidence in Dr Manmohan Singh for his compassionate approach. He has truly lived up to his name. Issues of human tragedy of such kind can be resolved easily if the Governments of our both countries address these issues simply and quickly and time may come when we are able to resolve contentious issues in near future. Furthermore, I do not agree with the comments made by G.Din made on Dr Singh. Manmohan is not only loved in Pakistan but he is equally loved in India too. That is why he is leading India for the 2nd consecutive year in a period of turmoil in South Asia. Ansar Burney is also one of such person who commands same admiration on both sides of boundary. Hope this process will continue in future as well.
Lt. Qadeer | 10 years ago | Reply Thanks for this kind gesture Dr.Singh
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