New Delhi: In yet another faux pas, External
Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Thursday got confused about an
octogenerian Pakistani doctor lodged in Ajmer jail, saying
the Government of Pakistan must consider his release on
Krishna`s strange answer during the Question Hour in the
Rajya Sabha led to an intervention by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh who clarified the matters.
Krishna`s answer led to interruptions by Opposition
members, and so Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh had to intervene who cleared the air.
Shivanand Tiwari (JD-U) had asked as to what the
government was doing for the release of the wheel chair-bound
Dr Mohammad Khalil Chisti, a virologist who was sentenced to
life imprisonment in December last in a 1992 murder case
while he was on a visit to India to see his ailing mother.
Krishna responded during the Question Hour by stating
that this "particular person" was detained in Pakistan and it
was a question to be considered by the government of that
country on "humanitarian grounds".
As puzzled members looked on, the minister went on to say
that Dr Chisti was confined to a wheel chair and was more than
80 years old, and he was sure that the Government of Pakistan
would take a lenient view about the case. "We will, certainly
pursue this at the level of the High Commissioner," he added.