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Old 27-Mar-2008
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Amritsar March 27:
After formation of new government in Pakistan, its human rights minister and a prominent human rights activist Ansar Burney is will visit India on April 2 to pursue the mission of protecting human rights of citizens especially those lodged in the jails of respective countries.
Burney disclosed that he along with his wife Shaheen and son Fahad will visit India on the invitation of CM Parkash Singh Badal. Burney would travel to Delhi, Ajmer Sharif besides holding meetings with various Central ministers.
Cabniet minister Bikram Singh Majithia disclosed that state government had extended invitation to Burney when he had arrived at Attari land border to hand over Kashmir Singh. He said, "The government had asked him to take up the cases of all Indian prisoners lodged in Paksitan's jail on priority and ensure their early release."
"The government welcome who work for the release of prisoners waiting for deportation," said Bikram. Burney expressed desire to meet Sarabjit's sister, Dalbir Kaur, who is facing death row in Pakistan, to meet him and hand over the documentary evidence proving that the person sentenced to death in case of bomb blasts was not Manjit Singh but Sarabjit Singh so that he could pursue his case for clemency.
Burney said the mission of his visit is to restore a sense of confidence among the relatives of those who are in jails of India and Pakistan that even in jail they were not discarded and to peruse both nations to constitute a mechanism of early release of prisoners after completion of their jail sentences. He disclosed that there are around 600 Pakistani fishermen in Indian jails.
It was Burney who had spotted Kashmir Singh in Kot Lakhpat jail of Lahore and not only got him clemency but also sent him back to India. Meanwhile, Dalbir Kaur took out a march in Amritsar along with people of all communities in support of her brother, Sarabjit Singh.

Source : Punjab Mail Online

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