Islamabad, Apr 13: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari today ordered authorities to take “every possible step” to bring home Khalil Chishti, an ailing 80-year-old scientist who was recently granted bail by India's Supreme Court after being given a life sentence in a murder case.
Zardari directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to make “all arrangements to bring back Dr Khalil Chishti to Pakistan”, an official statement said.
All expenditures for Chishti's return to Pakistan will be paid by the government, it said.
Officials said Zardari had directed authorities to take “every possible step” to bring Chishti back to Pakistan.
The statement said directions had also been issued to Pakistan's High Commissioner in India, Shahid Malik, to take steps for the repatriation of Chishti.