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 yet another reprieve because of her decision to press her two forums to argue his case with the authorities. "The fate of Sarabjit will now be decided by the new government," she told Outlook.
What is incredible is that Musharraf should have heeded Asma, a figure he openly detests. Perhaps he decided to postpone the hanging because he didn't want to forfeit the sympathy of India in what are arguably his last days. Perhaps he wanted to test the new democratic government's ability to walk the tight-rope—of not incurring Indian wrath without alienating people at home.