Krishna to persuade Khar on releasing Indian terror convict


Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will take up the issue of releasing Sarabjit Singh, Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, a senior official of the External Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. According to reports, Sarabjit had written a letter to his sister, as well as UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, stating that he was being “slow-poisoned and mentally tortured”. Sarabjit was arrested on charges of spying and bombing in Pakistan.
MEA spokesperson Akbaruddin said that in the light of the news reports, if required, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad would be asked to assist Sarabjit’s lawyer. “But at this stage my understanding is that the lawyer himself has requested the Pakistani authorities. Should he require further assistance on this matter the High Commission would assist him in terms of consular assistance,” he said. He added that the external affairs minister had taken a “keen interest” in Sarabjit’s case for a long time and had urged Pakistan to release him on humanitarian grounds. Krishna is scheduled to travel to Islamabad from September 7 to 9, where he will be meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister.