Pak Minister says he will not appeal for Sarabjit's release

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Karachi, Mar 18 : Pakistan's caretaker Minister for Human Rights, Ansar Burney has said that he would not seek mercy for Sarabjit Singh, the Indian convicted for the killing of 14 people in Pakistan in1991.

Burney, who played a key role in securing the release of another Indian detenu, Kashmir Singh, said: "Sarabjit Singh's case is different, as he is charged with terrorism".

Sarabjit Singh, who is to be hanged on April 1, has been in a Pakistan jail since 1991.

The Supreme Court had rejected his appeal for mercy in March last year and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf rejected his petition in March this year.

According to the Daily Times, Burney said he had supported the release of Kashmir Singh because he had paid for his crime.

He also said Kashmir Singh's confession of having spied for India was not surprising.

"This proves he was rightly charged and sentenced in Pakistan," Burney said.

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