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Lawyer not allowed to meet Sarabjit
K. J. M. Varma

Islamabad, September 25
The lawyer of Sarabjit Singh today expressed disappointment over the government’s reluctance to permit him to meet his client, whose death sentence was upheld by the Pakistan Supreme Court for allegedly carrying out bomb blasts in the country in 1990.

Rana Abdul Hamid, who has been hired by a human rights group from Canada to save the Indian’s life, told PTI over phone from Lahore that he was “extremely disappointed and puzzled” over the government’s reluctance to permit him to meet Sarabjit Singh lodged in Lakpath prison. “They are not allowing me to see my client. It is very embarrassing to note that I can not meet my client facing the gallows,” he said.

Hamid, who was planning to file a writ petition in the Lahore High Court seeking a legal directive to meet Sarabjit Singh, said as a last resort he met the Additional Home Secretary, Prisons of Punjab, this week seeking his intervention.

“Nothing has come of it so far. I keep hearing from the officials that they have not received orders from the agencies concerned,” he said.

“The government is depriving the right of my client to meet his lawyer,” he said.

Hamid, who plans to file a review petition in the Supreme Court tomorrow, said he has sought the transcripts of the interview of a key witness, conducted by some Indian TV channels early this month in which the witness said he was forced to give false evidence against Sarabjit Singh.

Hamid said he made a request to the Indian High Commission in this regard yesterday. — PTI

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