Sarabjit critical, family on way

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 14:03 hrs

The family of Sarabjit Singh is likely to cross the Wagarh border around noon on Sunday to reach Lahore to meet the Indian prisoner in the Pakistan jail, now in coma after a serious attack on him inside the prison where he was lodged.

The journey is significant since it will be after more than two decades that the family would see Sarabjit but in a condition they had not imagined. The reunion will be under difficult conditions when Sarabjit is fighting for his life after being attacked lethally.

The Pakistan High Commission on Saturday granted visa to four members of Sarabjit´s family to visit him.

The family members will go to Lahore via Wagah border.

Sarabjit´s lawyer Awais Sheikh said his condition is critical. "He is in coma and is critical. 60 per cent of his brain is damaged... his backbone is broken," said Sheikh speaking to an Indian TV channel.

Sarabjit´s sister Dalbir Kaur earlier said the attack on Sarabjit was a ´conspiracy´.

She said it was a pre-planned attack amid reports that Sarabjit was facing threats since the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in India.

His daughter Swapandeep Kaur, who also believe Sarabjit was attacked under a conspiracy, agreed with her aunt.

"I think was a planned attack to kill him," said Swapandeep Kaur who would meet her father in tragic circumstances after 23 years.

She said she hoped her father gained consciousness before they reached Lahore and they could talk to him.

"We are praying to god for his life and improvement," she said ahead of leaving. The family also offered prayer at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Earlier she blamed both the governments in India and Pakistan for not heeding to their fears that Sarabjit will be attacked after the hanging of Afzal Guru.

Sarabjit´s family members had been for long appealing to the Pakistan government for his freedom.

According to Pakistan media earlier, Sarabjit, who is imprisoned at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, was attacked on Friday by fellow inmates who are also on death row.

Sarabjit has been languishing in Pakistani jail for over 20 years after a Pakistani anti-terrorist court awarded him the death sentence in 1991.

He had been convicted of involvement in a string of bombings in Punjab in 1990 that killed 14 people.

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