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Paperwork delays Chisty’s home trip

But Chisty had to stay at the Pakistan High Commission all day to complete formalities pertaining to the visit.

New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2012 3:51:33 am

It was a rather long wait for 82-year-old Pakistani virologist Dr Khalil Chisty’s family in Pakistan who expected to see him on Tuesday back in his home country after nearly two decades. But Chisty had to stay at the Pakistan High Commission all day to complete formalities pertaining to the visit.

With his passport having expired in 2006,the day was spent completing formalities of renewing it,issuance of a fresh visa and other paper work relating to Chisty’s five-month visit. As per the Supreme Court’s order,he will have to deposit his passport at the Indian High Commission in Pakistan and return to India by November 1.

Chisty’s brother Jamil Chisty said that they were “unaware when all the paperwork will be done and when he will finally get to go home”.

In an open letter,addressing the ‘citizens of India and all Indian friends’,Chisty wrote on Tuesday: “As I make my way home after 20 years I would like to thank everyone who made this day possible for me. I deeply appreciate all your support and efforts to help me,without you I may not have lived to see this day. I am grateful to the Indian Supreme Court for allowing me to return home for five months and for expediting the special leave petition which is scheduled for hearing on November 20. I look forward to returning as ordered by the Supreme Court of India and having my name exonerated.”

Release Sarabjit: Katju to Zardari

Press Council chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has appealed to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to release Sarabjit Singh,who has been lodged in a jail in Pakistan for 22 years. Katju handed a letter to Chisty’s daughter,Amna,asking her to deliver it to the Pakistani government on reaching Karachi . “At any event,21 years in death row with a Damocles’ sword hanging over one’s head is enough to drive anyone mad. Is this punishment (even assuming he was guilty) not enough?” wrote Katju.

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