Sarabjit to submit fresh mercy plea to Pak Prez
Lahore: Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is accused of being involved in a string of bombings in Pakistani cities in 1990, will submit a fresh mercy petition to President Asif Ali Zardari.
According to reports, Sarabjit's lawyer, Awais Sheikh, met him at the Kot Lakhpat Jail and got his signatures on the fresh mercy petition.
In the letter addressed to the Pakistan President, Sarabjit again sought mercy while referring to his recent meeting with former External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.
Sarbajit said, "After the release of (Pakistani prisoner) Pervez Khalil Chisti by the Indian government on humanitarian grounds, the people of India, especially my family, have pinned hopes on my release on the same ground."
"I have been languishing in jail for the last 22 years. I beg you to revoke the capital punishment and let me spend the rest of my life with my family," Sarabjit said.
Such an act of forgiveness is liked in Islam and God would reward the President for such an act, he said.
Sheikh said he had conveyed to Sarbajit messages from his family and told him in detail of his recent visit to India.
"Some eatables and other goods for daily use, including Pakistan Rs 8,000 were delivered to him," he said.
The lawyer said he got another letter addressed to the people and the government of India signed by Sarabjit.
This letter thanks the people for showing concern at his health and for urging the Pakistan government to provide him proper treatment.
Sarabjit's relatives said he strayed into Pakistan in an inebriated state three months after the bombings.
Following the intervention of the Pakistan People's Party-led government, Sarabjit's execution was put off indefinitely.