Pak Govt considering abolition of death sentence

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Islamabad, Nov 22 : The Pakistan Government is considering a proposal to abolish the death penalty in the country, bringing a ray of hope for death row Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik informed the National Assembly in a written statement that the federal Law Ministry is processing the proposal.

Malik also told the House that 660 Pakistanis aere currently imprisoned in Indian jails, while 503 Indians were being held in Pakistani jails.

During the Question Hour, Parliamentary Interior Secretary Captain (retired) Rai Mujtaba Kharral told the House that the government has not allowed Indian or Afghan nationals to buy property in Pakistan since 1984.

The National Assembly was told that Rs 21 billion had been declared 'white from black money' under the tax scheme introduced in the 2008-09 budget, allowing the government to collect Rs 420.27 million in taxes.

Sarabjit, 42, has been on death row since he was convicted for his alleged involvement in the bomb blasts that killed 14 people in Punjab province in 1990.

His family insists that he had strayed into Pak territory in an inebriated state and was wrongly convicted.

Pakistan human rights activist Ansar Burney said after he studied the case paper that he was convinced about Sarabjit's innocence.

ANI

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