Pak officials visit injured prisoner; Khoso calls for thorough probe

Last Updated: Sat, May 04, 2013 06:54 hrs

Chandigarh: A team of Pakistani High Commission officials on Saturday visited Sanaullah Ranjay, who was injured in a scuffle with another inmate in Jammu jail, at PGI Chandigarh after India granted consular access to them last night.

"Pakistan High Commission officials visited the injured prisoner Sanaullah in Chandigarh hospital at 03:30 hours in the morning. They also met the attending doctor," a spokesperson in the ministry of External Affairs said.

India had granted the consular access to Pakistani High Commission officials last night. They had also given travel permission to three officials and a driver.

Ranjay was injured during a scuffle with another inmate in Jammu jail where he was serving life term after being convicted under TADA provisions. He was arrested in 1999.

A resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, Ranjay was immediately shifted from high-security Kot Balwal jail to Government Medical College Hospital and later rushed to PGIMR in Chandigarh in an air ambulance after doctors said his condition was critical.

The incident involving Sanaullah comes a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally attacked on Friday last by six fellow inmates in a Lahore prison.

Pak's caretaker PM wants India to ensure thorough probe

Pakistan's caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has called on his Indian counterpart to personally look into an attack on a Pakistani prisoner in a jail in Jammu and ensure a thorough investigation.

Sanaullah Ranjay, a Pakistani national serving a life sentence was attacked in the prison in Jammu, a day after Indian national Sarabjit Singh succumbed to injuries sustained in a brutal assault within a jail in Lahore.

In a statement yesterday, Khoso expressed "deep concern" over the incident and noted that a large number of Pakistani nationals were incarcerated in Indian prisons.

He said many of these prisoners had completed their sentences but were awaiting repatriation.

"It is our expectation that the Indian government would ensure the safety of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails and also facilitate expeditious release of all those Pakistani prisoners who have completed their jail terms," Khoso said.

He said this humanitarian issue that affected the lives of scores of people should be addressed in the spirit it deserves.

Both India and Pakistan should continue to make sincere efforts to avoid occurrence of such incidents and focus on the safety and security of prisoners in existing forums under the bilateral dialogue process, he added.

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