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‘Key witness forced to testify against Sarabjit’

Islamabad: A key witness in the case of Sarabjit Singh, sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly carrying out four bomb attacks in 1990, has said that he was forced to testify against the Indian national under duress.

The witness, Shaukat Salim, said he had no option but to testify in the court against Sarabjit even though he had never seen him and did not believe he was involved in the attacks. “Neither have I seen him (Sarabjit) and nor do I believe (he carried out the attacks). The Pakistani (security agencies) caught someone and they said he is the one who carried out the attacks,” Salim, a resident of Lahore, told an Indian TV news channel on Sunday.

“Even powerful people are afraid of the police. The government lawyer told me that this is the man who carried out the blasts and he is the guilty. The lawyer told me this is what I had to testify, and that’s what I did,” he said. — PTI

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