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Khurshid welcomes Pak's decision to commute Sarabjit 's death sentence

June 26, 2012 - New Delhi

Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan's decision to commute the sentence of Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's sentence to life imprisonment, saying if Islamabad does so it would be great.

"If they have taken such a decision then it is a very good thing. In this matter, I think it is a question of humanity. We expected this for long and if they have done so it is great," Khurshid told the media here.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has commuted the death sentence for Sarabjit Singh.

He is likely to be allowed to return to Punjab soon. He has spent 21 years on death row and is currently in a prison in Lahore.

Sarabjit, who was condemned to death for his involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990, had earlier filed a fresh clemency appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari.

49-year-old Sarabjit, who has so far maintained his innocence, is currently being held at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail.


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