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Don't hang Sarabjit, India tells Pakistan
March 17, 2008 13:06 IST
India has indicated to Pakistan that executing its national Sarabjit Singh, on death row for his alleged involvement in 1990 bomb blasts in Lahore [Images] and Multan, is not the "best way to deal" with the issue as New Delhi sought consular access to the condemned prisoner.
A request for consular access to Sarabjit, who officials said will be hanged on April 1, has been sent to Pakistani authorities, Indian High Commission sources said.
It had been indicated to them that hanging him "might not be the best way to deal with the situation in the prevailing circumstances," sources said.
Top officials at
Sarabjit's lawyer Rana Abdul Hamid said that there was "no legal option" left to save his client. Sarabjit could be saved only if President Pervez Musharraf [Images] granted him a pardon or if there was some "extraordinary understanding" between the Indian and Pakistani governments, Hamid said.
A mercy petition of Sarabjit, who
Officials from the Indian High Commission were last granted consular access to Sarabjit in 2005.
Sarabjit was sentenced to death in 1991 for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in
His family denies he was a spy as claimed by
In his mercy petition, Sarabjit had sought his release on the grounds that he was innocent and wrongly implicated. The petition was rejected by the President after "thorough consideration" as the allegations against him "were proved and he was awarded capital punishment by court", sources said.