India requests Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 13:40 hrs

India on Monday requested Pakistan to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view of Sarabjit Singh's case and release him.

"In view of the recent tragic events and present circumstances, we once again appeal to the Government of Pakistan to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view of this case, and release Sarabjit Singh," said a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"Officials of the Indian High Commission are in touch with the medical authorities at Jinnah Hospital Lahore and we would like to consider the option of transferring Sarabjit Singh to India so that he can benefit from the best medical treatment available here," the statement adds.

India also reiterated its demand that the attack on Sarabjit Singh be thoroughly investigated to identify those who were responsible and to ensure that they are punished.

"It is the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of all Indian prisoners in their custody," the MEA said.

The Ministry of External Affairs informed that based on the most recent medical bulletin put out by doctors treating Sarabjit Singh it is clear that his condition remains critical.

"We share the anguish and concern of his family members, and our prayers will remain with them," the statement adds.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had earlier on Saturday termed the assault on Sarabjit inside the jail as a 'very sad' incident.

"It is very sad. I think in the jail, I think some inmates attacked him. I think that is very sad," he said.

Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national on death row in Pakistan, was attacked inside Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail when he and other prisoners were brought out of their cells for an hour-long break.

Two prisoners assaulted Sarabjit with blunt objects and he sustained a severe head injury.

Sarabjit Singh was arrested in Pakistan in 1991 and sentenced to death on charges of spying and carrying out four bomb blasts that killed 14 people.

However, his family contends he is innocent and a victim of wrong identity who crossed into Pakistan in 1990 in an inebriated state. (ANI)

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