Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday adjourned
till September 20 a hearing on a petition challenging a
possible presidential pardon for Sarabjit Singh, an Indian
national on death row following his conviction for alleged
involvement in bomb attacks in 1990.
A Deputy Attorney General (DAG) appeared before a
bench of the Lahore High Court and sought time to file a reply
to the petition on behalf of the government.
Referring to another petition filed by Sarabjit`s
counsel to become party to the case, the DAG said he had not
been provided a copy of this petition so far.
At this juncture, Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry asked
Sarabjit`s counsel Awais Sheikh to give a copy of his petition
to the law officer so that he could file a reply on behalf of
Lawyer Rana Ilamuddin Ghazi had filed the petition
challenging a possible presidential pardon for Sarabjit.
He said the Indian national had been given the death
sentence by the trial court. The High Court and the apex court
had rejected his appeals against his conviction, Ghazi said.
Even Sarabjit`s mercy petition had been dismissed by
former President Pervez Musharraf, he added.
Ghazi said Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit,
recently visited Pakistan and appealed to President Asif Ali
Zardari to commute her brother`s death sentence to life
imprisonment and release him from jail.
Sarabjit has been on death row since he was convicted
for alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in 1990 that
killed 14 people. His family insists he was wrongly convicted
for the bombings.
Though Sarabjit was set to be hanged in 2008,
Pakistani authorities put off his execution indefinitely after
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani intervened in the matter.