ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani official says the president has ordered release of an Indian prisoner on death row for more than 20 years for involvement in bomb attacks in eastern Pakistan.
Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said Tuesday that President Asif Ali Zardari commuted the death sentence of Sarabjit Singh to life in prison, the equivalent of time served in this case.
He said Singh would be freed after completion of paperwork.
Singh was jailed in 1990. A court sentenced him to death for his role in bomb attacks and espionage in Pakistan.
He was set to be hanged in 2008, but the government halted his execution after Singh's family sought his release on humanitarian grounds.
Pakistan and India are nuclear-armed rivals, but relations between them have improved in recent years.
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