India hopes Pakistan will view Sarabjit case ‘from all angles’

March 18th, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad, March 18 (IANS) The Indian mission here Tuesday hoped that appeals for clemency by New Delhi and the family of condemned Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh will be “considered from all angles” by the new Pakistan government. “It is hoped that appeals from Sarabjit Singh’s family, the government of India and others would be given a chance to be considered from all angles, including by the new government expected to take office in Pakistan soon,” said a statement by the Indian high commission.

Sarabjit Singh is set to go to the gallows April 1 after President Pervez Musharraf turned down his mercy petition.

The Indian has been convicted on charges of orchestrating a series of bomb blasts across the country two decades ago.

The Indian statement noted that news about Sarabjit Singh’s imminent hanging had been met “with dismay in India”.

It added that the impression in the Pakistani media that Islamabad’s “sudden decision” to hang Sarabjit Singh was in retaliation for the death of a Pakistani prisoner in India, Khalid Mehmood, had been noted.

“Such impressions will impinge on the positive atmosphere currently existing among India and Pakistan,” said the statement.

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