Efforts to save Sarabjit will continue: Govt

India on Wednesday said it will continue to make efforts to save the life of Sarabjit Singh, who got a breather as Pakistan deferred his death sentence by 30 days.

“Government of India is continuing its efforts to save the life of Sarabjit Singh,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has been informed by Pakistan Foreign Office that President Pervez Musharraf has stayed the execution of Sarabjit Singh by a month, till April 30, he said in a brief statement in both Houses of Parliament.

“We have achieved partial success and we will continue to carry on our efforts,” Mukherjee said.

Sarabjit, who has been accused of involvement in bomb blasts, was to be hanged on April one.

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

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

Sarabjit was sentenced to death in 1991 for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in Lahore and Multan that killed 14 people. His family denies he is a spy as claimed by Pakistan and insists he accidentally strayed into Pakistani territory. var RN = new String (Math.random()); var RNS = RN.substring (2,11); var b2 = ‘ ‘; if (doweshowbellyad==1) bellyad.innerHTML = b2;

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