If Pakistan gives clemency to Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, it could prove to be a turning point in bilateral ties, the prisoner's Pakistani lawyer says.
Awais Sheikh is arriving in India Saturday to tell the people of India that Sarabjit Singh is an innocent man falsely chraged with crimes he never committed. Sheikh will tour India for a fortnight. His book, "Sarabjit Singh: A Case of Mistaken Identity" (Rajakamal Prakashan), will be released in New Delhi.
In his book, Sheikh explains how Sarabjit was arrested and given the death sentence in Pakistan although there was no concrete evidence regarding the charges he was accused of. Sheikh will visit Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna and Kolkata and will focus on issues that can bring India and Pakistan closer.
Of an earlier trip, Sheikh said: "When auto-wallahs and rikshaw-wallahs in India know I'm Sarabjit's lawyer, they refuse to take money from me."
If Sarabjit was pardoned, it would surely have a positive effect on India-Pakistan relations, he said.
Among those who will be present at the book launch will be Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur, former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju, who now heads the Press Council of India, and Supreme Court lawyer Bhim Singh.
Dalbir Kaur says: "When I visited Pakistan last year, people there welcomed me and said Sarabjit was innocent. If he is pardoned, it may send positive signals to India."
Sarabjit crossed into Pakistan Aug 30, 1990 -- by mistake, he says. He was caught there, accused of being an Indian spy, and blamed for bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad.
A trial court sentenced him to death Nov 3, 1991. The Lahore High Court dismissed his appeal. The Pakistan Supreme Court too rejected his plea in August 2005.
Then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf rejected his clemency plea. His execution was fixed for April 30, 2008. It was put off for a month without a date being fixed.
According to the book, when his trial was ordered, the first information report mentioned his name as Manjit Singh.
The language of the charge-sheet was English, which is alien to Sarabjit. The documents of Sarabjit's confessional statement do not have Sarabjit's signature; neither do they have his thumb impression.
Tag : #Sarabjit Singh
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should get more Western support but ruled out seeing Syrian P...
DOHA (Reuters) - Hamas will not cease resisting Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding the latest Gaza conflict was only "a miles...
DOHA (Reuters) - Hamas will not cease its resistance against Israel until all its demands are met, the group's overall leader Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday, adding that the latest conflict over Gaza...
New Delhi: The All India Bar Association today brought to President Pranab Mukherjee's attention its"deep anguish" on views of Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju that the Chief ...
Islamabad: In a bid to defuse Pakistan's political crisis, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today agreed toface a case of murder of 14 supporters of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who rejected it saying terror char...
By Aravind S KamalBangalore: Till Wednesday, Union Railways Minister and former chief minister of Karnataka, DV Sadananda Gowda, had a squeaky clean reputation in public life. His sons alleged indiscr...
Itanagar: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Arunachal Pradesh today.Rijiju covered West Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley...