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Indian accused of spying: Pakistan mum

August 23, 2005 01:31 IST

Pakistan Supreme Court, which upheld the death sentence awarded to Manjeet Singh alias Surjeet Singh for allegedly spying for India, has so far not responded to an Indian request for consular access to him.

Indian officials in Islamabad said the Indian High Commission had made a request for consular access to Singh and other convicted Indians in Pakistani jails well before the apex court gave the judgement last week.

The apex court has so far not granted India's request.

The anti-terrorism court of Punjab province convicted Singh and the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Spokesman Naeem Khan said that he was not aware of Islamabad receiving any mercy appeal directed to President Pervez Musharraf from Singh's family in India.

Affirming it to be a case of mistaken identity, Singh's family has decided to submit a mercy petition to Musharraf.

A similar request for consular access was made for over 100 Indians convicted for various offences in Pakistan but that has not granted so far, the Indian officials said.

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