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Special consular access given to Sarabjit: Malik

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Updated: September 7, 2012, 9:51 PM IST
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Special consular access given to Sarabjit: Malik
Indian national Sarabjit Singh is on a death row in a Lahore jail for over two decades.

Islamabad: Pakistan has given India special consular access to Indian national Sarabjit Singh, on a death row in a Lahore jail for over two decades, following his complaints of ill treatment, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.

The special consular access was given on Wednesday, he said adding that Sarabjit would be kept properly.

On the issue of pardon for the Indian national, he said the matter would be decided according to the law.

Sarabjit, 49, is currently being held at Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore and has been on death row for over 20 years.

Sarabjit was convicted and sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people.

He has alleged the jail authorities were serving him "unhygienic" food, which was "difficult to eat", and he was being mistreated.

Following his complaints, the High Commission of India here had approached Pakistan's Foreign Ministry seeking special consular access to Sarabhjit.

First Published: September 7, 2012, 9:51 PM IST
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