Salim Shaukat, the prime prosecution witness in the case against
Sarabjit Singh was threatened in Lahore, Pakistan and warned off
speaking with the media. Salim, who lost his father in a bomb blast
in Lahore over a decade ago, was a crucial link in the prosecutions
case against Sarabjit Singh.
Earlier, in an exclusive interview to STAR News, Salim had made
the sensational disclosure that he had never seen Sarabjit Singh
and that his statement in a Pakistani court had been tutored by
the Pakistani police.
The disclosure had considerably strengthened Sarabjit Singh's case,
and his lawyer, Rana Abdul Hamid had told STAR News that he intended
to present the transcript of the interview as additional evidence
in court during appeal.
Sarabjit is currently on death row in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Pakistan.
Speaking on the telephone from Lahore to STAR News, Salim said that
he was threatened by two men on a motorcycle, while returning home.
The men asked him to identify himself, and then warned him of dire
consequences if he continued speaking to the media.
Salim said that the men instructed him "not to give interviews"
or to "comment on Sarabjit's guilt or innocence".
Salim told STAR News, that after being threatened, he has been "feeling
scared" and that he has "just been sitting at home".
Salim told STAR News that he was a "poor man, with a family
to take care of" and that he "didn't know what to do or
Salim added that he got a good look at the two men on the motorcycle;
however, he didn't recognize them. Salim said that his family and
the people at his house were all worried about his safety.
When probed by STAR News, Salim maintained that he would repeat
his statement in court, if the government provided him with adequate
He said, "I am a poor and decent man. If my safety is guaranteed,
I will speak the truth in court."
STAR NEWS EXCLUSIVE: WITNESS WHO ABSOLVED SARABJIT THREATENED
The telephonic interview of Salim Shaukhat was broadcast on STAR
News on the 6th of September, 2005
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