Pakistan to execute alleged Indian spy April 1: Official

March 17th, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf
Islamabad, March 17 (DPA) Pakistani authorities Monday confirmed that an Indian spy, sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in terrorist activities, would be hanged April 1. Sarbajit Singh was arrested in 1990 on the Pakistan-India border and charged with carrying out four bombings that killed 14 people and injured dozens more in Lahore and Faisalabad. His 1991 death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2006.

Singh, who has been identified as an agent of Indian intelligence agency, RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), denies the allegations, saying he is from a poor family who mistakenly crossed the border.

“This is a case where there is sufficient evidence and on the basis of that evidence and proof he has been convicted. He will be hanged on April 1,” said Khusro Pervez, Home Secretary of the eastern province of Punjab where Singh is imprisoned.

The death warrant comes two weeks after President Pervez Musharraf rejected Singh’s clemency plea.

“This was not a simple espionage case. It was a case where four acts of terrorism were carried out and many innocent people lost their lives. How can he be released?” Pervez added.

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