I slamabad: The head of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami, Syed Munawar Hasan has strongly condemned the Presidential pardon and impending release of Indian spy, Sarabjit Singh.
Syed Munawar Hasan said on Tuesday that government pardoned a convicted terrorist of India despite the latter’s involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan’s Balochistan and tribal areas.
Anyone who attacks the sovereignty of Pakistan and kills innocent civilians should be resisted and condemned, he added.
“This govt is working against National security and sovereignty,” Munawar Hasan said.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s chief, Hafiz Saeed also declared the decision to pardon Sarabjit Singh as incorrect.
Hafiz Saeed said Sarabjit was not a normal prisoner, and people will reject his release by the government.
President of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA), Imtiaz Alam said, without elaborating, that timming of Sarabjit’s realease is crucial as India recently arrested a suspect of Mumbai attacks who was allegedly associated with Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Imtiaz Alam said that the decision by President Zardari to grant clemency to the Indian prisoner came as a result of India’s step to release Doctor Khaleel Chisti, jailed Pakistani scientist, from Ajmer jail on April 11.
Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari pardoned Indian spy Sarabjit Singh, converting his death sentence to life imprisonment.
Sarabjit, an Indian national, was jailed in Pakistan for as long as 22 years after he was convicted of being a spy. The decision by the Pakistani President came after the prisoner sent his fifth mercy plea seeking clemency.
He was sentenced to death for alleged involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people.