Bring Khalil Chishty to Pak: Zardari to Malik
Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday ordered authorities to take "every possible step" to bring home Khalil Chishty, an ailing 80-year-old scientist who was recently granted bail by the Supreme Court after being given a life sentence in a murder case.
Zardari directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to make "all arrangements to bring back Dr Khalil Chishty to Pakistan", an official statement said.
All expenditure for Chishty's return to Pakistan will be paid by the government, it said.
Officials said Zardari had directed authorities to take "every possible step" to bring Chishty back to Pakistan.
The statement said directions had also been issued to Pakistan's High Commissioner in India, Shahid Malik, to take steps for the repatriation of Chishty.
Chishty was accused of involvement in the murder of a man during a brawl in Ajmer in April 1992.
At the time, Chishty was visiting India to meet relatives and to offer prayers at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
In January last year, Chishty was awarded life imprisonment after an 18-year trial.
After the sentencing, he was detained in Ajmer Jail.
On April 09, Supreme Court ordered his release on bail.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear his plea to return to Pakistan and asked his lawyers to file a separate petition in this regard.
While on a day-long private visit to India on April 08, Zardari had raised the issue of Chishty during a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.