New Delhi: As 80-year-old ailing Pakistani
scientist Mohd Khalil Chisti was released on bail from Ajmer
prison, BJP today hoped that Pakistan would reciprocate the
gesture and free Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh who
has been languishing in a jail in Lahore for last 22 years.
"Obviously, we all stand in India with the aspiration
that there is a reciprocity that Pakistan must follow on
this," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.
He was replying to a question on whether Pakistan should
show reciprocity and free Sarabjit Singh after release of
Chisti, who was granted bail by Supreme Court on Monday
in a two-decade-old murder case, was released on bail from the
Sarabjit, who hails from Punjab, has been lodged in the
Lahore prison since 1990 for his alleged involvement in four
bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that killed 14 people.
Though Sarabjit was slated to be hanged in 2008, Pakistani
authorities put off his execution indefinitely after Prime
Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani intervened in the matter.
Chisti, who is serving life term after his conviction in
January last year, was granted bail on humanitarian grounds.
A microbiologist by profession, Chisti had come to
visit his ailing mother in Ajmer in 1992 when he got embroiled
in a dispute and, in the melee, one of his neighbours was shot
dead while his nephew got injured.