New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan starts 'free Sarabjit Singh' campaign in online on Friday. Salman starts this campaign in his charity 'Being Human' website www.beinghumanonline.com . Salman urged people to sign a petition that he plans to give to the Pakistan government in a bid to free Sarabjit.
Sarabjit Singh, is an Indian citizen, currently imprisoned in solitary confinement in Pakistan. Sarabjit is a farmer and victim of mistaken identity, who strayed into Pakistan from his village located on the border.
He was given death sentence in 1991, but his hanging was repeatedly postponed. He is imprisoned in the Kot Lakhpat jail since 1990. So far five mercy petitions have been filed on his behalf, in which Sarabjit maintains that he has suffered twenty two years of prison for a crime he never committed. On 26th June 2012, it was reported that Pakistan's President had ordered his release after the petition was filed on 28th May earlier this year.
5 hours later this pardon was revoked and it was claimed that another prisoner Surjeet Singh was released not Sarabjit. The confusion over the release of Surjeet Singh instead of Sarabjit Singh has proved to be an international embarrassment for Pakistan government.