Islamabad, Apr 28: In a major reprieve for Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death row convict languishing in Pakistan's Kot lakhpat jail for the past 18 years will not be executed on April 30. Deputy Superintendent of Kot lakhpat jail Bashir Khan confirmed that hanging of Sarabjit Singh has been deferred for 21days.
Deputy Superintendent Bashir Khan revealed that the Jail authorities have not received any execution orders for April 30th. Khan told that the jail authorities were not aware of the delay; neither had the President's office conveyed any message to Kot Lakhpat jail where Sarabjit is lodged. Khan said that jail officials will write to Additional District and Sessions Judge for further orders on May 1. "Sessions judge will have to decide on the new date of execution and that the new date of execution should be decided in the next 14 days," said Khan.
It is also learnt that Sarabjit's family will be allowed to meet him a day before execution and that his last wishes will be fulfilled.