New Delhi, June 26 (IBNS): Indian national Sarabjit Singh, on the death row in Pakistan for 20 years over bombing charges, will be released after President Asif Ali Zardari commuted his death sentence on Tuesday, media reports.
Zardari commuted 49-year-old Sarabjit's death sentence to life term which he has already completed having been in jail beyond 14 years, the reports said.
Singh has languishing in a Pakistani jail for over 20 years after a Pakistani anti-terrorist court awarded him the death sentence in 1991.
He had been convicted of involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people.
Singh however maintains that he is innocent and he was incorrectly charged in a case of “mistaken identity”.
According to reports, he could be released in the next few days after the interior ministry and the home department of Punjab complete necessary formalities.
The development comes two months after Pakistani microbiologist Khalil Chishty, accused in a 1992 murder case, walked free from an Indian prison after being granted interim bail by the Supreme Court.