Sarabjit's counsel to submit mercy petition signed by 100,000
Lahore: Over 100,000 people in India, including former test cricketers and chief justices, have signed a petition addressed to the President Asif Ali Zardari seeking clemency for Sarabjit Singh, an Indian currently on death row in a Pakistani prison.
Awais Sheikh, the counsel for Sarabjit, said he had brought back the mercy petition with more than 100,000 signatures when he returned from a recent visit to India.
"The signatories include former test cricketer Kapil Dev, the Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Syed Amin Hashmi of the Ajmer Sharif shrine, former Chief Justices R S Mongia and Rajindar Sachar, members of Indian human rights groups, Christian and Muslim bodies, doctors, engineers, lawyers, farmers and students," Sheikh told a news conference here.
Sheikh said he would submit the mercy petition to the President and also apprise him about the sentiments of the Indians in this regard.
"Since Sarabjit has been in prison for long, his sentence can be commuted to life imprisonment under the law," he said. Commuting Sarabjit's sentence will help improve relations between India and Pakistan, he added.
Sarabjit`s counsel to submit mercy petition signed by 100,000