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Salman Khan joins free Sarabjit brigade

Posted on Jun 29, 02:36PM | IBNS

New Delhi, June 29 : Bollywood actor Salman Khan has appealed to all Pakistanis to help free Indian death row prisoner in their jail, Sarabjit Singh, joining the growing movement in India to appeal to the neighbouring country to release him.

"Its a personal request to all of u in pakistan to send sarabjeet bak to his family in punjab , hope u find it in your hearts to help," tweeted Salman Khan on Friday.

"Wanted to tweet this for the longest time , saw a pic of surabjeets sister, it Killed me. Felt real sad for her. Help me help her," posted Khan, who has a big fan following in Pakistan.

Urging all to be a part of one family's happiness, Salman Khan said: "It would be the most amazing gesture, to send surabjeet [Sarabjit] back to his family after 30 years . Hope u support me like its your own cause."

"Request the to the awam of pakistan, member"s of the press, govt of pakistan, president zardari, a humble request," he wrote.

"Requesting the people of pakistan to support me to help free surabjeet who has been in prison since 30 yrs . Please . Allah ka vasta," he posted.

On Thursday, at the Wagah border in Punjab, 69-year-old Surjeet Singh who was released from the Pakistan prison was reunited with his family in an emotional homecoming.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said he hopes that Pakistan will seriously 'ponder and consider' and release death row convict Sarabjit Singh too.

"I am happy that Surjeet Singh is being released and I hope that Pakistan will also seriously ponder and consider and release Sarabjit Singh also," Krishna said.

In New Delhi on Thursday, Dalbir Kaur, the sister of Sarabjit Singh, demonstrated at Jantar Mantar and said Pakistan should release her brother.

Dalbir also met SM Krishna over the issue of his brothers' release from a Pakistan prison.

Initial reports of Sarabjit's release had triggered celebrations in his family in India but later the Pakistan authorities said it was Surjeet Singh and not Sarabjit Singh who would be released.

Claiming that his brother charged with terrorism and spying is 'innocent' , Dalbir said Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari should rethink his decision and release him.

Dalbir said she will continue to fight for Sarabjit's release from Pakistan prison.

Islamabad on Tuesday night clarified that it was Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh and not Sarabjit who would be released from its jail in Pakistan, hours after media reports circulated claiming Sarabjit's imminent release.

Pakistani human rights activist Ansar Burney told an Indian TV channel that the sudden change in the Presidential stance might be under the pressure of the mullahs.

Sarabjit Singh has been 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.

The developments came 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.