Singh’s counsel, Awais Sheikh, told the media that the Indian national was arrested during the tenure of military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.
Singh was given the death sentence under the Pakistan Army Act in 1985. The death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 1989 by then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.
Singh is expected to be repatriated along with 315 Indian fishermen who were freed from a jail in the southern port city of Karachi yesterday. The fishermen were released as a goodwill gesture.
Earlier, Pakistan announced it was to free death sentenced prisoner Sarabjit Singh, but late at night, Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar clarified that it was not Sarabjit, but Surjeet.