Sarabjit issue: Pakistan Government considering it actively

Islamabad, Apr 24 : The Pakistan Government on Wednesday said that it is actively considering the issue of clemency plea for Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national on death row in Pakistan.

“The issue is under active consideration,” Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a press conference.

“We have received a request from the Indian government ... and a decision will be taken in due course,” the Dawn quoted him, as saying.

Meanwhile, Sarabjit Singh’s family met him at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Sarabjit's daughters Swapandeep and Poonam, his wife Sukhpreet Kaur, his sister Dalbir Kaur and her husband Baldev Singh entered Pakistan via the Wagah border on Wednesday afternoon.

Sarabjit, who Pakistan claims is Manjit Singh, was sentenced to death in 1991 for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts that killed 14 people.

His family denies he is a spy as claimed by Pakistan and insists that he accidentally strayed into Pakistani territory.

Sarabjit has repeatedly reiterated that his was a case of mistaken identity and that he had not committed the crimes he was convicted for.

The Indian High Commission in Pakistan also insists that he is Sarabjit and not Manjit as claimed by the Pakistan Government.

Incidentally, the newly elected Pakistan Government has also been favouring the Sarabjit's case. They had in fact asked for commuting of all death sentences to life imprisonment.

Sarabjit was to be hanged on April 1, but was put off till April 30 after India had appealed to the Pakistan Government for clemency. He has been on death row since the Pakistan's Supreme Court rejected his mercy petition in March 2006. (ANI)