Zardari sending plane to fly Chishti home



Islamabad:
Virologist Mohammed Khalil Chishti will return to Pakistan from India
after 20 years in jail on board a special aircraft being sent by President
Asif Ali Zardari, a media report said on Tuesday.




Zardari, during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New
Delhi last month, had pleaded for clemency for Chishti, given his advanced
age.




The Supreme Court on May 10 permitted Chishti, 80, who was in a jail in
Ajmer, to visit Pakistan during the pendency of his appeal against his
conviction in a murder case and life imprisonment.




Dawn reported that interior minister Rehman Malik will receive
Chishti on his return. The two have spoken over the phone.




Malik told Chishti, who belongs to Karachi, that all arrangements have
been made for his arrival according to Zardari's directions.




Dawn said that Zardari had given instructions for his presidential
aircraft to be made available to Chishti for his journey back home.




Chishti was sentenced to life imprisonment for the death of a person in a
brawl with him when he was visiting Ajmer in April 1992. He was granted
bail by the apex court on April 9 which asked him to make a separate plea
for permission to visit Pakistan.



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