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Jun 22, 2009 at 12:11pm IST

Pakistan SC to hear Sarabjit's mercy petition

New Delhi: Pakistan Supreme Court will hear the case of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who has been sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore.

The court will hear the review petition filed by Sarabjit's lawyer against the death sentence which was awarded to him in 1991.

Back home, in Amritsar, his family is praying for his release. They allege that in 1990, Sarabjit had crossed the border into Pakistan in a drunken state and had nothing to do with the bomb blasts.

"Today all of us went to gurudwara to offer prayers that decision comes in our favour and daddy comes back as soon as possible after getting released. All of us are hoping that he will come back soon," said Swapandeep, elder daughter of Sarabjit.

Pakistani officials, however, maintain that Singh was arrested while trying to slip back into India after the bomb blasts.

A Lahore anti-terrorism court awarded death sentence to Sarabjit in October 1991 for carrying out serial bomb blasts in Pakistan.