Sarabjit's clemency plea hangs in balance

As though responding to the Mumbai court’s issuance of the NBWs against the Pakistani nationals, Islamabad on Wednesday said it would not hand over to India its citizens suspected of carrying out the Mumbai strikes but would try them under its own laws.  An NBW is sought to be issued also against a Pakistan army officer identified as Colonel R Sadatullah.

“No Pakistani would be handed over to any other country including India,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Ahmed Khan said during a debate in the National Assembly.

At the same time, the fate of Sarabjit Singh hung by a slender thread as Pakistan’s Supreme Court dismissed his review petition challenging a 1991 death sentence, leaving him at the mercy of a pardon by president Asif Ali Zardari.

Sarabjit was convicted for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in 1990 that killed 14 people in Pakistan.

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