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Thirty Days Of Night

Sarabjit's clock ticks on. But the case has highlighted the deep Indo-Pak mistrust.

Thirty Days Of Night
Thirty Days Of Night
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Sarabjit Singh's fate was, for all practical purposes, signed and sealed. For one, he stood convicted for killing 14 people in terrorist attacks. And then the final clemency plea came up with spectacular bad timing. So if he's got a 30-day reprieve from hanging, he can thank a chain of factors emanating outside the ambit of law. First, the expression of intense filial anxiety from his family—backed by claims of innocence—fired the imagination of his nation. The Indian media then consistently kept his case on the government's radar of priorities. The upa government responded by filing another clemency petition on his behalf. And, last but not the least, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who deferred the sentence scheduled for April 1.

To this list, Sarabjit should also add the name of the pugnacious lawyer Asma Jahangir, chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the UN Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion. Never one to arrogate the turnaround in many of the lost causes she regularly represents, Asma says Sarabjit has won...
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