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Mahesh, Kuldip seek Chishty release

- April 26, 2011 - Updated 1021 PKT - From Web Edition

CHANDIGARH: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, a former member of parliament, Monday met Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil and sought his intervention for the early release of Pakistani academician Saiyyad Mohammad Khaleel Chishty.


Chishty, 80, a former professor of virology in Karachi, was convicted in a murder case in Rajasthan's Ajmer and was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2011. He is at present lodged in Ajmer jail.


Patil is also the officiating governor of Rajasthan.


"Chishty is suffering since 1992. He had come to Ajmer in 1992 to look after his ailing mother. Some dispute with a neighbour took place and one person lost his life," Nayar told reporters here Monday.


"Many people were involved in that incident and Chishty was also arrested by the police," he said.


"His trial ran for nearly 20 years and all this while, though he was out of jail on bail, Chishty could not go to his home in Pakistan. Now he is an old man suffering from various ailments. He cannot even walk without help. So, we have met Patil requesting for Chishty's release on humanitarian grounds," he added.


Nayar said that the Indian constitution gives the governor powers under Article 161 to grant pardon as well as to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of people convicted of offences.


Nayar and Bhatt had also met union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Sunday to discuss the matter.


Bhatt said: "Patil was very considerate and he already knew about this matter. He said that he will try to solve this issue at the earliest on the basis of its merits. Besides our own memorandum, we have also submitted an appeal that was sent by Amna Chishty, Khaleel's daughter, from Canada."

Reader Comments
I would like to request the concerned authorities of Indian govt. to show mercy and make arrangement to release Mohammad Khalil Chisty on humanatarian ground .He is old and ailing person ,cannot move to any support.Plz come forward and help him to bring in Pakistan.

fasihul haque khan
In my opinion, He shoud not be release at all or pardon for violent crimes he commited in our land. He is not above laws.

In my opinion,after partition/indepandence(64)years both the counteries INDIA & PAKISTAN has destroyed to each other for which poor peoples has been suffering since long just because of un-necessary confrontion on the political issues. I,request to leadership & people of both the counteries,for GOD say kuch to sharram karain? There is no any other option accept good relations with each other?

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