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Pakistan grants visas to Sarabjit's family

Source: PTI
April 16, 2008 21:05 IST
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The family of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan, is all set to travel to that country to meet him after being granted visas by the Pakistani High Commission on Wednesday.

The visas have been granted for a duration of one month to five members of the family and is valid from today, Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur said.

Sarabjit's wife, his two daughters, along with Dalbir and her husband, would leave for Pakistan on Sunday. The family would visit Sarabjit at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore and would also meet former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and chief of the Pakistan People's Party Asif Ali Zardari.

Dalbir said that they have requested leading Pakistani human rights activist and former minister Ansar Burney to arrange a meeting with President Pervez Musharraf.

"Our struggle has yielded results. Today we got a call from the Pakistani High Commission and have collected our passports from there," she said.

Singh, who is lodged in a Lahore jail, was sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in the 1990 serial blasts in Lahore and Multan. His hanging was, however, stayed till April 30 after the Indian government took up his case with the Pakistan authorities.

The family also plans to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani and offer prayers at Nankana Sahib.

"I am extremely happy. I thank the Pakistan High Commission from the core of my heart for granting visas to the entire family," Dalbir Kaur said.

The family would go to Pakistan by road from Attari border, Kaur said, adding that they would also visit Ajmer to offer prayers at the famous Dargah there.

During his recent visit to India, Burney had said he was trying to get Sarabjit Singh's death sentence further deferred by three months to fight his case vigorously.

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