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On Friday, Pakistan granted consular access to Sarabjit Singh, sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in bomb blasts in Lahore in 1990.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Senator Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan People's Party has pleaded that Sarabjit Singh, the Indian convicted of spying, must not be hanged. He said carrying out the sentence can become a 'national embarrassment' for Pakistan.

Writing in Pakistan's The News in an opinion piece titled 'Why Sarabjit Singh must not be hanged', Babar has likened Sarabjit's case to that of Alfred Dreyfus -- a Jewish captain in the French Army who was banished in 1894 after being accused of being a spy, but was allowed to return home in 1906 when the charge was found to be untrue.

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People in Punjab take part in a march in support of Sarabjit Singh (inset) sentenced to hang in Pakistan.

Photograph: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

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