Uncovering the truth: Indo-Pak Commission visits Sarabjit in hospital

Published: May 1, 2013
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Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh. PHOTO: FILE

Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

The Indo-Pak Judicial Commission on Prisons visited Sarabjit Singh at Jinnah Hospital on Tuesday and Kot Lakhpat Jail to investigate the attack on the Indian death row prisoner that left him in a coma and on a ventilator.

The commission comprised retired Indian judges A S Gill and M A Khan and retired Pakistani judges Nasir Aslam Zahid, Chaudhry Qadeer and Mian Ajmal. Another member from Pakistan, Justice (retd) Fazal Karim could not join the commission.

Zahid told The Express Tribune that the commission had submitted its findings to the interior ministry and Foreign Office which will be released on Wednesday.

The judicial commission interviewed 36 Indian convicts imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat Jail during the visit that lasted for almost five hours, a source at the jail said. He said the prisoners informed it about the hardships they were facing in the prison. They complained that the assault on Sarabjit was due to a lack of security and the inability of the jail staff to prevent such attacks.

On the other hand, Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur, sister Dalbir Kaur and daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur will head back to India today, 12 days before the expiration of their visas. Dalbir told The Express Tribune that as his wife and children were devastated by the incident, she wanted to take them back to India and would then return to Pakistan by herself.

She said she was disappointed with the cooperation of the doctors treating Sarabjit and the lack of progress made in the investigation. Dalbir added she would meet India’s Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi for arrangements to bring Indian doctors to Lahore to treat him.

She demanded an FIR to be registered against the jail officials who did not protect her brother, adding there were at least six prisoners who were directly involved in the assault but only two were nominated in the FIR.

Providing details on her brother’s condition, Dalbir said his heartbeat was faster than normal and his blood pressure was low, while doctors refused to provide her an update on his condition.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 1st, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Sindhi_Sufi
    May 1, 2013 - 10:18AM

    This is really shame, when will two countries learn to settle their issues like a grown up child, stop behaving like childish.Lets make inroads like a sane people. Resolve all outstanding issues through open dialogue, wars have never been solution, and will never bring any good to any nation. Wake up people, recognize the fact that only power is power of dialogue, to sit on table and take sincere steps to finish long pending problems haunting two great nations of south Asia. Wish Sarbjeet Singh recover soon. Peace and love for every one.

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  • Vinod Gowda
    May 1, 2013 - 1:38PM

    * The attack on any jail inmate, be a Pakistani,Indian or anybody for that matter indicates the utter failure of the administrative system and mockery of Judiciary of the nation.The Supreme court should immediately interfere in the matter and suo moto legal proceedings should be initiated to punish the guilty as an accused person under the custody of law has been brutally attacked *

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  • Insaan
    May 1, 2013 - 4:59PM

    @Sindhi_Sufi: This is really shame, when will two countries learn to settle their issues like a grown up child, stop behaving like childish

    When Sunnis slaughter Shias or Ahmadis, will you says two sects should learn to settle issues like grown ups. I hope no. Pakistanis have been brain washed by religion and unable to see the TRUTH. These guys bomb their own every day. Even educated Pakistanis come and defend their government’s wrong doing on blogs. Pakistan is a truly Islamic country.

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  • Rex Minor
    May 2, 2013 - 12:45AM

    @Insaan:

    Pakistan is not an Islamic state! Mr Sigh has not ommitted any crime against the Islamic State, if Pakistan were to be recognised as an Islamic State!!!

    Rex Minor

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  • Khan of Kalabagh
    May 2, 2013 - 1:19AM

    he should be treated well and every effort must made to make him recover from this incident, but his punishment must be administered to him as soon as possible , when he is ready to face the execution according to the medical report, he must face the gallows for the crimes he committed against the humanity by killing innocent civilians through bomb blast

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