Islamabad: Amid raging demands for execution of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is on a death row for his alleged involvement in a string of explosions in Pakistani cities in 1990, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that his government will not link the issue of Sarabjit with the execution of 26/11 terror convict Ajmal Amir Kasab.

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“Pakistan government will not link the issue of releasing Sarabjit Singh to the execution of Ajmal Kasab,” Malik said.

Malik has said this after cricketer turned politician Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s demand for execution of Sarabjit Singh. Sarabjit, imprisoned since 1990, was awarded death sentence under the Army Act for his alleged involvement in four bomb blasts that killed 14 people. He is currently lodged in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat prison.

According to sources in Pak President’s office, India’s move to hang Kasab was likely to affect President Asif Ali Zardari’s decision on Sarabjit’s mercy plea. At present, Sarabjit’s mercy plea is pending before President Zardari.

The minister also said that his government will contact India if Kasab's family approaches the government for his dead body.

Kasab was hanged on Wednesday morning at Pune's Yerwada jail after his mercy petition was rejected by the President. Kasab was awarded death penalty by a session court in May 2010, which was upheld by the Bombay High Court last year and the Supreme Court thereafter. 

(JPN/Bureau)

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