Firstly let us set aside our anti-Pakistan attitude and think whether Pakistan will sentence someone to death in a case of mistaken identity? That too when there are scores of Indian nationals in Pakistani jails and in this case the so called victim has been on trial for fifteen long years. Worse Pakistan is supposed to have got the wrong man. Its hanging Sarabjit Singh instead of Manjit Singh! Oh..well!
With due respect to the family of the 'spy', this whole episode is an embarrassment to everyone. Surely Pakistanis are not fools to hang someone who according to his family simply drifted into Pakistan by mistake. He is either a spy or a criminal and considering his conviction by Pakistan's highest court for involvement in serial bombings, must surely be hanged. But his family, the media and the politicians have made enough noises to bring this case to the national headlines. They wanted Manmohan Singh to plead for his life with Musharaff.
What if he was indeed a spy? Say he was recruited by RAW during the counter-insurgency operations in Punjab. He then went on to bomb several cities in Pakistan either on RAW instructions or for some terrorist organization. If that is the case (which I believe is very likely), should the Indian government come out and accept that he is indeed a spy and that RAW bombs Pakistani cities every now and then? Will Manmohan Singh face Musharaff in the eye and request him to pardon a spy?
Good that he has decided to stay away and has asked officials to fix this. But the damage has already been done. Some Pakistanis and Kashmiris are already demanding the pardon of the terrorist sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case.
I think this issue raises questions of ethics in the Media. Should the media highlight issues which may be a life and death situation for some individuals but are inmical to national interests. Similar thing happened during the Kandahar Indian Airlines hijack episode. Media then put unnecessary pressure on the government and forced its hand to release militants. (Not sure govt had any other option though) This question is alive in the US too as exemplified by the NY Times related spy exposal case. Although I'm not able to make up my mind on media ethics in this regard, I do believe Indian government should not entertain this "Save the spy" campaign.