Lahore: The sister of Sarabjit Singh, an
Indian national on death row in Pakistan following his
conviction for alleged involvement in bomb attacks, on Tuesday said
she was hopeful President Asif Ali Zardari would positively
respond to her appeal to commute his death sentence to life
Dalbir Kaur made the remarks while interacting with
the media before leaving for India via the Wagah land border
crossing near Lahore.
She had arrived in Pakistan last month to meet
Sarabjit, currently detained at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore,
and to lobby with leaders for his release.
Kaur underlined her brother had already spent 21
years in jail. Sarabjit was innocent and had never been
involved in subversive activities in Pakistan, she said.
She said Sarabjit`s release would send a positive
message to the Indian people and reduce tensions between the
Sarabjit has been on death row since he was convicted
for alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in 1990 that
killed 14 people. The verdict was upheld by the Lahore High
Court and the Supreme Court.
His family insists he was wrongly convicted for the
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.