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    Musharraf pardons Indian death row prisoner Press Trust Of India Islamabad, February 28, 2008 www.hindustantimes.com Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, who spent
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      Musharraf pardons Indian death row prisoner
      Press Trust Of India
      Islamabad, February 28, 2008
      www.hindustantimes.com


      Indian prisoner Kashmir Singh, who spent 35 years
      on a death row in Lahore jail, will be released
      immediately as President Pervez Musharraf has approved
      his mercy petition, Pakistan government said on
      Thursday.

      Caretaker Human Rights Minister Ansar Burney, who
      found Singh during a visit to Lahore's Central Jail,
      told reporters that Musharraf had accepted the
      Indian's mercy petition on humanitarian grounds and
      ordered his immediate release.

      Singh, who was arrested in Rawalpindi on espionage
      charges in 1973, was sentenced to death by an army
      court. He has become a mental wreck after long years
      of solitary confinement. After Burney's intervention,
      Singh was taken to hospital for treatment.

      The approval of the mercy petition filed on Singh's
      behalf by Pakistan's human rights ministry came a day
      after Burney, one of the country's leading rights
      activists, announced that the prisoner's family had
      been traced in Hoshiarpur in the Indian Punjab.

      Syed Fahad Burney, a kin of the minister and acting
      chairman of the Ansar Burney Trust, told Dawn News
      that Singh's family is not expected to visit him in
      Pakistan since it is hoped that he "might return home
      soon".

      Burney, who played a pivotal role in Singh's release,
      said he would try to secure the release of any other
      Indian prisoner that he might come across in Pakistani
      jails.

      "If we find any other Indian or foreign prisoners in
      Pakistani jails, I will get them out," he said.

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