Islamabad: A petition has been filed in a Pakistani court to direct the government that President Asif Ali Zardari should not pardon Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who is currently on a death row following his conviction for alleged involvement in bomb attacks two decades ago.

The petition was filed by Rana Ilamuddin Ghazi in the Lahore High Court.

Ghazi claimed that any move by the President to pardon a murder convict under Article 45 of the Constitution would go against the Quran and Sunnah which says that nobody except the heirs or family of a victim have the power or right to pardon
a murderer.

The teachings of Islam demand that Article 45 must be removed from the Constitution by declaring it as against the Quran and Sunnah, he claimed.

Ghazi claimed that Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit who is visiting Pakistan, is making all out efforts to win the sympathies of the Prime Minister and President for
getting a presidential pardon for her brother.

Referring to the teachings of Islam, Ghazi claimed that Sarabjit cannot be granted a pardon by the President or anybody except the heirs of the victims who lost their lives in the blasts blamed on Sarabjit.
   
Ghazi named the Home Department of Punjab province and the Superintendent of Kotlakhpat Jail, where Sarabjit is being held, as respondents in his petition.

Sarabjit has been on death row since he was convicted for alleged involvement in four bomb blasts in 1990 that killed 14 people.

 His family insists that he was wrongly convicted for the bombings.

Though he was set to be hanged in 2008, Pakistani authorities put off his execution indefinitely after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani intervened in the matter.

(Agencies)