Indian national Sarabjit Singh condemned to death awaits his fate. He has already spent seventeen years in prison. There is an appeal for clemency. And from his death cell, Sarabjit claimed that "He is a case of mistaken identity." But then, how many would care or pause to think? Who cares for the damned? The case of long drawn suffering of Sarabjit is ironically caught between:  Release of Kashmir Singh an alleged Indian spy  The inhuman killing of Khalid Mehmood, a Pakistani visiting India. It was Kashmir Singh's return to his homeland after spending 35 years in prison that raised a lot of hope in India about Sarabjit's fate. There was an expectation that he would be released as well. But the irony of fate is that these hopes were soon dashed. When in a quick follow up, India sent back the dead body of Khalid Mehmood - a Pakistani cricket fan brutally tortured and killed in an Indian prison. The incident drew immense attention and media hype. Undoubtedly, it is seen as a callous and inhuman act on India's part and since then New Delhi is maintaining that the sudden decision by Pakistani government to hang Sarabjit is in retaliation for the unfortunate death of Mehmood. However, India's double standard humanitarianism cannot be comprehended which is evident from Mehmood's case. In a just and humane perspective, the logic appears to be that Sarabjit is not responsible for what happened to the Pakistani national in the Indian government's custody. It is India's mishandling of the aftermath of the release of Kashmir Singh. As it saw a thankless Indian response.  Sarabjit's case has no legal option left, having undergone all the tiers of the judicial system in the country. The only option available is that on humanitarian grounds. It is "a cry for clemency." Thus bringing to the fore justice and mercy since we as Muslims believe in the mercy of Allah. The editorial of an English daily states: "There is need to widen debate on the death penalty, the manner in which it is applied. And also the fact that in Pakistan the rate at which death sentences are awarded far outstrips the pace of execution. Resulting in the huge death row backlog at prisons. While every life is important and mercy is never an act that goes completely unrewarded. There is a need to look at the broader issue of the death penalty, the claim that it is almost always the poor and powerless who are hanged. And the sheer inhumanity of the conditions in death cells, where thousands of prisoners, like Sarabjit Singh, continue to be held, waiting only to make the early morning journey to the gallows." Importantly, I believe that there is a need to focus on the death penalty issue. From a humanitarian context, those undergoing such a state in prisons (whoever they may be) are still humans and Gods creatures. An issue of "importance" is that both Pakistan and India should urgently act to relieve the sufferings of the prisoners - Pakistanis and Indians - detained for very minor offences and accidental border crossings. Pakistan should urge India to act sooner rather than later to release such "victims of circumstance", as India speaks of its brand of humanitarianism - atleast for now. The date on which Sarabjit is to be hanged is April 30, after his mercy petition was rejected by the president. Farhat Ullah Babar in his article writes: "From his death cell the convict appealed that he was not Manjit Singh. He said that he was Sarabjit Singh of Amritsar and that the prosecution had forced him to admit a wrong identity." He further adds: "If the Indian convict is really a case of mistaken identity, it would be a gross miscarriage of justice if he is hanged. If he is actually a RAW agent, it would still be sensible to commute the sentence. Reprieve can be employed to focus on a mechanism to mitigate the sufferings of one country's nationals held in the jails of the other." However, the thought of four bomb blasts that took place in Pakistan in 1990, allegedly by Manjit (Sarabjit) Singh, sends the shivers to any human being. Sarabjit's sister insists that her brother is not Manjit Singh while talking to CNN - IBN in New Delhi. She also appealed to the government of Pakistan and citizens to look into the matter, again for the sake of humanity'. So, God knows what is going to happen. E-mail: niazi101pk@yahoo.com