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Commute all death penalties to life term: Pakistan

Source: PTI
April 19, 2008 22:10 IST
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The Pakistan government has forwarded a proposal to commute all death penalties to life imprisonment to President Pervez Musharraf, but a decision is yet to be taken on these cases, including that of Indian national Sarabjit Singh.

Rehman Malik, advisor to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani on interior affairs, told reporters in Lahore on Saturday that a "summary" or official communication on commuting the death penalties to life sentences had been sent to the president.

However, the presidency has not yet made a final decision regarding the case of convicted persons like Sarabjit, he said after visiting the local headquarters of the Federal Investigation Agency that was attacked by two suicide bombers.

Malik made it clear that the government would not tolerate any act of terrorism. "Our policy is that we will not tolerate terrorism under any circumstances or in any form," he said.

Sarabjit's execution was deferred for 30 days by Musharraf last month so that Pakistan's new government could review his case following an appeal for clemency from the Indian government.

He was originally set to be hanged on April 1.

He was sentenced to death for alleged involvement in four bomb attacks in Punjab province in 1990 that killed 14 people.

Sarabjit, currently being held in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail, on Saturday reiterated that he was innocent and that he had not committed the crimes he was convicted for.

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