In the backdrop of death row convict in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh claiming there was a threat to his life, India on Friday said its High Commission in Islamabad stood at the ready should he require any assistance.

India had consistently urged Pakistan on several occasions to take a sympathetic and a humanitarian view of Sarabjit’s case, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said. Minister S.M. Krishna had assured Sarabjit’s family that he would raise the issue when he mets his counterpart, the spokesperson noted.

“Singh has been in custody for well over two decades. With that background, let me say that what you mentioned in terms of the news reports, we have also seen them. Our High Commission in Islamabad stands ready to assist his lawyer should he require it. But at this stage my understanding is that the lawyer himself has requested the Pakistani authorities,” the spokesperson said.

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