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PLEASE DO NOT SACRIFICE SARBJIT - ABHISHEK KADYAN, JOURNALIST


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Abhishek
- 3503 days ago - savesarvjeetlife.blogspot.com
Please share with me to sign the petition, if Kashmira Singh made a false statements then denied, why my dear sufferers uncle Sarbjit Singh spent 17 years in jai - now he be hanged.... very strange. Govt. of Pakistan may forgive him now ? -Abhishek Kadyan



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Fahim Ali (0)
Tuesday March 18, 2008, 11:58 pm
Please release Sarbjit.Aagar Sarbjit ko faansi huee to lakho logo ke dil pak ke liye patthar ho jayege.Uske aapne uske 18 saal se uske jinda hone kee ummeed se hee jinda . un ko intejaar hai ke ek din sarbjit unke paas jaroor aayega .lekin sarbjit ko faansi huee to uske aapno ki ummed mar jayegee.please mr. Musharraf unki ummed ko marne mat do. PLEASE RELEASE SARBJIT
 

Neelakantha Achary (54)
Wednesday March 19, 2008, 3:45 am
Please release Sarbjit!
 

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Wednesday March 19, 2008, 5:52 pm
Hanging of Sarabjit put off by a month
Tribune News Service & PTI

New Delhi, March 19
Sarabjit Singh, on death row in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan in 1990, today got a reprieve with his hanging being put off till April 30 by President Pervez Musharraf following India’s appeal for clemency on humanitarian grounds.

Information about Sarabjit’s reprieve was given by the external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha today.

“The government of India is continuing its efforts to save the life of Sarabjit Singh. We have achieved partial success and we will continue to carry on our efforts,” Mukherjee said.

The minister said President Pervez Musharraf had stayed the execution of Sarabjit Singh till April 30, according to information given to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad by the Pakistan Foreign Office.

A fortnight back, Musharraf had sealed Sarabjit’s fate by rejecting his mercy petition.

Sarabjit Singh was to be hanged on April 1. His death warrant was received by the authorities in the high security Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, where he had been languishing for 17 years.

In a suo motu statement in both Houses of Parliament yesterday, Mukherjee had said the government had asked Pakistan to treat Sarabjit Singh’s case with clemency on humanitarian grounds.

Lok Sabha MPs belonging to the Left parties, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP urged the government to ensure that an innocent man was not hanged.

A somewhat relieved daughter Swapandeep hoped her “innocent” father would be set free and he would be reunited with his family soon. “We are happy...I am hopeful that my papa will be released by Pakistan and he comes back soon”.

Swapandeep said, “As soon as we heard this news, we became happy. But we will be happy in a true sense when my Papa will return home.”

“I am hopeful that in the way they have delayed the execution, our father will get clemency and he will return to us soon,” she said, adding that “now, we have become more confident that our father will be sent to us soon by the Pakistan government”.

“We got this one month in which we will prove to President Musharraf that my father is innocent.”

While seeking clemency from Pakistan for Sarabjit, India had said the impression that he was being executed in retaliation for the death of a Pakistani in Indian custody would “impinge on the positive atmosphere” between the two countries.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said his government had taken up the matter with Pakistan at the highest level.

Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur yesterday sent a written appeal for clemency directly to Musharraf and requested him for permission to visit Pakistan to meet her brother in jail.

The mercy petition of Sarabjit, who Pakistan claims is Manjit Singh, was rejected by Musharraf on March 3. Sarabjit's mercy petition was sent to Musharraf along with that of Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, who was pardoned and freed after spending 35 years on death row in Pakistani jails. Pakistan's Supreme Court too rejected Sarabjit's plea for clemency in March 2006.
 

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Thursday March 20, 2008, 4:34 pm
Sarabjit case: India rules out prisoner exchange
Tripti Nath
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 20
India has ruled out release of any Pakistani prisoner in exchange for Indian national Sarabjit Singh who is placed on the death row for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan in 1990.

Sarabjit Singh, who has been languishing in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore for 17 years, got a reprieve yesterday after President Pervez Musharraf stayed his execution by a month.

Musharraf, who had sealed Sarabjit's fate a fortnight back by rejecting his mercy petition, has raised the hopes of the prisoner's family, by softening his stand. According to the death warrant received by authorities in Kot Lakhpat jail, Sarabjit was to be hanged on April 1.

Minister of state for home affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal today said, “We have appealed to the Pakistani government and we hope that Pakistan will listen to our appeal. Nobody will be released in exchange,” Jaiswal said when asked by mediapersons if there was any move for swapping prisoners. He said that if any Pakistani prisoner can be lawfully set free, it will be done.

The demand for exchange of Indian and Pakistani prisoners was made by SAD MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa who raised the issue in the Lok Sabha earlier this week.

Reports from Islamabad, quoting a statement issued by the Indian High Commission, said that the reprieve given to Sarabjit Singh now allows more time for proper consideration for clemency appeals, including by the new government expected to take office soon.

Reports said that the Pakistani administration had said that the authorities concerned with Sarabjit's case had decided that it would be best to put the issue on hold till such time the new government is formed.

While confirming the news of the reprieve in Parliament yesterday, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee was quick to take credit for the positive development and referred to it as “partial success”.

At the same time, he said that the Indian government will continue to carry on its efforts.

The Indian government had asked the Pakistani government to treat Sarabjit's case on humanitarian grounds. Apart from this, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur also submitted a clemency petition addressed to Musharraf to the Pakistan High Commission here.

The Indian government which claims that none other than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is negotiating Sarabjit’s case “every day, every minute,” is pinning hopes on a change of heart by the Pakistan government. And, an appeal for sparing Sarabjit’s life by Pakistan’s noted human rights activist Asma Jahangir in New Delhi today could not have been better timed.

Lending her strong voice for clemency for Sarabjit Singh, chairperson of

the Pakistan National Human Rights Commission Jahangir said that his death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment and he should be sent back to India.

“He should be sent back to his home country even if it is after serving a life term. Governments should not play politics with the lives of people. There will be goodwill if we save people’s lives. Goodwill should be from both sides.”

“We are neighbours. We must look after each others prisoners. The prisoners are in such a bad shape. We call them vulnerable prisoners,” said Jahangir at a press conference here today.

At the end of her 18-day mission to India as the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Jahangir said, “I will appeal that Sarabjit’s life is also spared. I feel very strongly for it.”

Jahangir told the Tribune that Pakistani prisoners under similar circumstances in India also deserve empathy. She said that if a Pakistani prisoner comes to India and is placed in death row, people should stand up and denounce it.

“I believe that prisoners on both sides, first of all, must get consular access. There are 7,500 people on death row in Pakistan. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has researched on the matter and come to the conclusion that there is a serious lack of due process on each prisoner sitting on death row.”

“Our recommendation on prisoners on death row in Pakistan is moratorium should be given to everybody. International safeguards and restrictions in death penalty have not been met in a vast majority of cases,” she told mediapersons.

 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 20, 2008, 5:11 pm
Chandigarh, March 20
Haryana police today said the preliminary probe into the death of Pakistan national Khalid Mehmood after he was shifted to hospital from a Gurgaon jail last month has “established” he was suffering from chronic liver disease.

“The internal inquiry by jail officials and magisterial probe have established that Khalid Mehmood alias Azad died due to chronic hepatitis and rupture of blood vessels in liver,” Haryana Director-General of Prisons Dr John V George said.

The prisoner died due to “medical problems he was suffering from for several years”, but the matter was being thoroughly probed by Inspector-General (Prisons) M S Mann who would be filing a detailed report to the Centre, he told PTI.

“Khalid himself did not know he had serious medical problems. He was taking treatment periodically and his condition deteriorated in the last four months,” he said.

The DG said on February 11, the prisoner vomited blood while in Gurgaon’s Bhondsi jail and was shifted to All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi the same evening.

He died the next day and his body was handed over to Pakistani officials at Attari-Wagah border on March 10.

The 35-year-old from Lahore had come to watch an India-Pakistan cricket match in Kanpur in April 2005, was arrested a year later when found roaming aimlessly in Faridabad and lodged in Bhondsi jail for overstaying his visa permit.

“Khalid was living in Faridabad under several aliases.

The police arrested him in May 2006 and since then he was in Bhondsi jail under the Official Secrets Act, Foreigners Act and Passport Act,” George said.

Pakistan asked India to investigate the death following which the Centre ordered the inquiry. — PTI
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 14, 2008, 6:52 pm
New Delhi, April 14
Pakistan today rejected the visa applications of Sarbjit Singh’s family. They were informed today that since they did not have an invitation from any person in Pakistan, the visa could not be granted.

The family had applied for visa on April 9 in what was a last ditch effort to save the life of Sarbjit Singh, the Indian facing alleged charges of spying in Pakistan. His hanging has been stayed till April 30 and the family had hoped that they would personally go and plead for mercy.

The Pakistan High Commission today rejected the applications of Sarbjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, his sister Dalbir Kaur, his two young daughters Swapandeep Kaur and Poonam and his brother-in-law Baldev Singh.

The family has been advised to appear before the visa officer today and had hoped that Baisakhi would bring good news.

Normally, a visa to Pakistan is not granted the same day and the application could not be processed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The family was planning to meet Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari besides offering prayers at Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib and, of course, meeting Sarbjit Singh in jail.

Dalbir Kaur, Sarbjit’s sister, said that Pakistan human rights minister Ansar Burney was informed about the development this evening and we have requested him to arrange for an invite. In case the invite in arranged, the family will re-apply for visa.

She said the family will approach the Ministry of External Affairs tomorrow and seek its intervention in getting a visa and also to take up the case of Sarbjit afresh.

Sarbjit’s hanging was stayed after the Indian government intervened last month and got a grace period. The issue came into the forefront after General Pervez Musharraf had recently rejected the mercy petition of Sarabjit. He is in prison for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in 1990.

In case the visa in granted, it will the first meeting of the family with Sarbjit in more than decade.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 21, 2008, 6:00 pm
Burney files plea for clemency to Sarabjit

Islamabad, April 21
Making a last ditch effort to save Sarabjit Singh, former Pakistani human rights minister Ansar Burney today petitioned President Pervez Musharraf seeking clemency for the death row prisoner, saying his “biggest crime may have been his Indian nationality”.

Burney in the mercy petition pleaded that Sarabjit’s death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment or he be released since the case against him was “weak” and there was “little to justify the death sentence” awarded to him by a Pakistani court in 1991.

Sarabjit was given capital punishment for his alleged involvement in bomb attacks in 1990.

Burney, who is a member of the advisory committee of the UN Human Rights Council, said, “With so many facts in favour of Sarabjit and so little to justify the death sentence awarded to him, it seemed Sarabjit’s biggest crime may have been his Indian nationality as no unbiased court would ever sentence a man to death in such a weak case.”

Sarabjit’s execution was deferred for 30 days by Musharraf last month so that Pakistan’s new government could review his case following appeals for clemency from the Indian government. He was originally set to be hanged on April 1.

Burney said he had made “several legal arguments in favour of Sarabjit” and these “meant that Sarabjit could not legally be hanged”. He said he had informed Musharraf that a key witness in the case, a man named Shaukat Salim, had said in a TV interview that he had been forced by the police to testify against the Indian national.

Salim had said he was forced to testify even though he “had never seen Sarabjit in his life, let alone see him commit an act of terrorism,” Burney said. — PTI
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 2, 2008, 7:13 pm
Sarabjit’s execution delayed indefinitely

Lahore, May 2
The Pakistan government has delayed the execution of Sarabjit Singh till further orders, a jail official said today.

Sarabjit Singh, whose family say he is the victim of mistaken identity, was to be hanged on April 1 after being convicted of involvement in 1990 blasts that killed four persons in Lahore.

But President Pervez Musharraf, who had earlier rejected a mercy petition, delayed his execution until April 30. It was further delayed again.

Speaking to AFP today, Malik Mubashir Ahmad Khan, superintendent of Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail, read out an interior ministry order, which said: "The execution of Indian national, Sarabjit Singh is stayed till further order." The stay of execution, which jail authorities received today, came days after Sarabjit's wife, daughters and sister visited Lahore to met him in prison.

The Supreme Court had earlier rejected an appeal against Sarabjit's death penalty.

Pakistan maintains Sarabjit was an Indian spy, but he and his family say he is a farmer who accidentally strayed across the border into Pakistan while drunk. He has been in jail in Pakistan since 1990.

His family say he was confused with another man named Manjit Singh, whom Pakistan blames for a series of bombings in Lahore.

Earlier, Pakistan’s leading human rights activist Ansar Burney said hanging Sarabjit Singh would be tantamount to “murder of humanity” as he had been convicted without “any substantial evidence”.

Burney, a former minister for human rights, who has been at the forefront of a campaign to commute Sarabjit’s death sentence to life imprisonment, has said there were several legal loopholes in his conviction.

Hanging Sarabjit would be tantamount to “a murder of humanity” as he had been convicted without “any substantial evidence”, Burney told reporters.

“I cannot allow the government to hang Sarabjit Singh on the basis that he is a non-Muslim and non-Pakistani, and because of pressure from extremist fundamentalist groups,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had told Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande some days before she died that he favoured clemency for Sarabjit Singh, her aide claimed today. The telephonic conversation between Musharraf and Deshpande took place a fortnight ago when she called the President to plead for Sarabjit’s life. — Agencies
 
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