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Tension on border will not affect Sarabjit's release

January 15, 2013 19:15 IST
Appealing for peace between India and Pakistan amidst tension on the borders between the two neighbours, family members of Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan said it would not affect his release.

"Whenever there is conflict or tension between the two nations such as after 26/11 and parliament attack we fear for Sarabjit's fate. But I feel that this time this present scenario won't affect his release," Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said.

"What happened on the Indo-Pak border is sad, but we should not move from the path of peace," Kaur said referring to the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers on the border last week.

"We want peace and stability in both the nations. We have seen enough war and hatred between both the nations. Let's give peace a chance," she said.

Sarabjit's Pakistani lawyer Awaish Sheikh said, "There is a need for more people to people contact. What recently happened is shameful. But such incidents should not deter us from taking the path of peace."

He said, "The case of Sarabjit is now in the Pakistani president's office. If he signs the mercy petition Sarabjit will be released. We are trying everything to bring him back to India sooner than later," Sheikh said.

Terming Sarabjit's case, who is in a Pakistani prison since 1990, as a victim of Pakistani politics, Sheikh said both countries should take steps to diffuse the tension on the border.

Dalbir with Sarabjit's daughter were here for the launch of the book 'Sarabjit Singh - A case of mistaken identity' written by the Pakistani lawyer.
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