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Sarabjit's family to visit Pak with plea
March 25, 2008 19:28 IST
Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur said she along with other family members would soon visit Pakistan to meet her brother and submit a fresh petition seeking clemency for him.
Stating that the change of government in the neighbouring country had strengthened their hope for the release of Sarbajit, Kaur said she would go to the Pakistan High Commission to apply for the visas immediately after obtaining the passports.
Once in Pakistan, she would try to meet the newly sworn-in Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani, Nawaz Sharif, Asif Zardari, Ansar Burney and even seek an appointment with President Parvez Musharraf, Kaur said.
Revealing her plans to meet Pakistani prisoners lodged in Amritsar [Images] jail before leaving for Pakistan, Kaur said she would also meet other Indian prisoners besides her brother in Pakistan.
"I will also carry the statement of Saleem Shoukhat, an eye witness in the Lahore [Images] bomb blast case, who said that he cannot identify Sarabjit," Kaur said, adding that she would even meet the families of the bomb blast victims to seek the release of 'innocent' Sarabjit.
Sarabjit faces death sentence for his alleged involvement in the Lahore bomb blasts.
Sarabjit's sister, however, clarified that his family would not want his release in exchange for hardcore Pakistani terrorists.
"If one offers Sarabjit's release in exchange for a terrorist like Afzal Guru, responsible for the attack on Parliament, of course, we will not like it," she said.
"The sincere efforts made by the Centre after rejection of the mercy plea have yielded good results in the form of deferment of Sarbjit's hanging," she said.