Sarabjit's wife wants Pak to send him to India for treatment

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 28, 2013 10:36 hrs
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Lahore: Sarabjit Singh, currently in coma in a hospital here following a brutal assault, should be sent to India for better treatment, his wife today said in an emotional appeal to Pakistani authorities.

"We have learnt that Sarabjit is not getting good treatment in (Jinnah) hospital. It will be better if my husband is allowed to go back for treatment," Sukhpreet Kaur said while talking to reporters after crossing over to Pakistan at the Wagah land border crossing.

Sarabjit, 49, was admitted to Jinnah Hospital on Friday after he was attacked by at least six other prisoners within his barrack at Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Sukhpreet arrived in Pakistan this afternoon along with her daughters, Swapandeep and Poonam and Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur.

They were granted visas by the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi yesterday to visit Sarabjit.

Sarabjit's counsel, Awais Shiekh, and members of civil society groups received them at Wagah.

Sukhpreet said saving Sarbajit's life was the most important issue for her family.

She said the Pakistan government should take action against those who attacked her husband and give them exemplary punishment as the incident had defamed the country.

Dalbir Kaur, who has travelled to Pakistan in the past to lobby political leaders for the release of Sarabjit, said she and other members of her family were visiting the country in sad circumstances.

"I've come to visit my brother, who is seriously injured and not speaking. I've been told he is in a coma," she said.

She said she had come with the "love and prayers of crores of Indians" and brought "prashad" from the Golden Temple that she would give to her brother.

Fighting back tears, she said, "I kept telling myself: How can you fall into a coma, Sarabjit? You have a family and you have to come back to your country." MORE

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