Petition filed in Pak SC to reopen Sarabjit case

Sarabjit Singh is an Indian national currently on death row in a prison in Lahore.

Islamabad: A Constitutional petition has been
filed in Pakistan`s Supreme Court for reopening and
re-adjudicating the case of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national
currently on death row in a prison in Lahore following his
conviction for alleged involvement in bomb attacks in 1990.

The petition filed in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme
Court yesterday by Sarabjit`s counsel Awais Sheikh also sought
a review of his appeal against his conviction on terrorism
charges.

Sheikh contended that the man behind the bomb blasts in
1990 was actually Manjeet Singh, with whom Sarbajit had been
confused.

"Manjeet was arrested in India in December 2010. He is an
international terrorist and member of a criminal syndicate,"
Sheikh said.

Manjeet was the real culprit as he often visited Pakistan,
the lawyer said.

"Even when the blasts took place in 1990, he was present
in Pakistan," he said.

Sarabjit was convicted for allegedly carrying out
bombings in Lahore, Kasur and Faisalabad that killed 14
people.

The Lahore High Court awarded him death sentence in
January 2003 in four different cases and the apex court upheld
the verdict.

Pakistani authorities indefinitely put off Sarabjit`s
hanging following the intervention of Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani in 2008.

Officials have said only President Asif Ali Zardari can
decide on granting clemency to him.

Sarabjit`s family says he had mistakenly crossed the
border in an inebriated condition and was wrongly accused of
being involved in the attacks.

PTI

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