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Jun 27, 2009 at 05:11pm IST

Sarabjit's lawyer asks Pak Prez to pardon him

Islamabad: Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh's counsel on Saturday appealed to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to either pardon him or commute his death sentence to life imprisonment, three days after Pakistan Supreme court dismissed his appeal against the capital punishment.

The lawyer representing Sarabjit, Ram Abdul Hamid, said the President should act on several mercy petitions that were pending with him.

“We filed a mercy petition in 2006. There are also appeals from the Indian government, Sarabjit's family and other persons,” Hamid told PTI.

MERCY FOR SARABJIT? The lawyer is hoping for a pardon or converting the death sentence to life imprisonment.

Hamid did not appear during the two recent hearings in the Supreme Court of Sarabjit's review petition challenging his death sentence handed out to him in 1991 for alleged involvement in four blasts in Pakistan as the lawyer was working as an Additional Advocate General of Punjab province till June 26.

A three-member bench of the apex court on June 24 dismissed the review petition and upheld Sarabjit's death sentence after Hamid failed to appear in court. The judges also said they studied the case and found "no ground" to review the death sentence.

Hamid said his job as the Additional Advocate General had ended and he was again representing Sarabjit.