No official confirmation of staying of Sarabjit's execution: Anand

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Shimla, May 2 (UNI) Union Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma today said there is no official confirmation of the staying of the execution of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh lodged in a Pakistan jail.

''There is no official confirmation of the staying of Sarabjit's execution. We are awaiting confirmation,'' he told a private news channel on telephone from here following news reports from Pakistan that the Indian prisoner's execution has been put off.

Mr Sharma said he was not in a position to comment in finality on the news reports until it was officially conveyed to the Indian government.

Replying to a question whether the Indian Government had received any information about the staying of the execution of Sarabjit, he said the Indian Government will be relieved over that country's decision.

''We would be relieved if that is the decision. India has been urging the Government of Pakistan to take a humanitarian view and we had asked for clemency on that ground,'' he added.

Sarabjit Singh has been on death row in a jail in Lahore for 18 years on a conviction for spying and involvement in bombings that killed 27 people in 1990.

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