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Death row convict Sarabjit's family to call on Kalam tomrw

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New Delhi, Apr 11: The sister and niece of Sarabjit Singh, who faces the gallows in Pakistan after being convicted for spying, will call on President A P J Abdul Kalam tomorrow, seeking Rashtrapati Bhavan's intervention to save their ''innocent'' family member.

Dalbir Kaur and her 16-year-old niece, Poonam, will meet the President. The teenager's mother, Sukhpreet Kaur, will also accompany them.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman confirmed that Sarabjit's family would be meeting the President.

During his visit to Punjab last month to flag off the inaugural Amritsar-Nankana Saheb bus service on March 24, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Sarabjit's family that he would again take up the issue with Islamabad.

However, the family members feel that India should send out a formal letter to the Pakistan government, seeking clemency for Sarabjit, convicted also for carrying out serial blasts in Karachi in 1990.

They also aver that Sarabjit is innocent and a victim of mistaken identity, stating that he had accidentally strayed into Pakistani territory from their border village.

In August last year, Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Shiv Shanker Menon had discussed the issue with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan.

Sarabjit has also filed a mercy petition with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. According to legal experts in Pakistan, Gen Musharraf can grant pardon only with the consent of the victims of the blasts.

UNI

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