Fingers crossed: Govt

He expressed hope that Sarabjit,who is in a special intensive care unit of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital,would be able to recover.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:38:25 pm

“Just keeping our fingers crossed,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Tuesday said about Sarbajit Singh,who is battling for life in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault last week in a Pakistani jail.

He expressed hope that Sarabjit,who is in a special intensive care unit of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital,would be able to recover.

“The morning bulletin was not very encouraging… the parameters were falling. Just keeping our fingers crossed. Frankly hoping for the best to happen…. I hope that he would be able to recover,” he told reporters outside Parliament House.

Meanwhile,BJP said India has failed to deal firmly with Pakistan. Expressing concern over the attack on Sarabjit,Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the firmness with which India should deal with Pakistan has not been there since the UPA government was formed.

“Even when an Indian soldier was beheaded by Pakistani forces,India hosted a lunch for their Interior Minister. When India offered to hand over (26/11 convict) Ajmal Kasab’s body,Pakistan refused. But later they passed a resolution asking for (Parliament attack convict) Afzal Guru’s body,” Swaraj said.

“Somewhere,there has been a diplomatic failure”,she added.

The BJP leader insisted a “strong” response towards Pakistan is needed but “is missing”. Sarabjit’s case is not an isolated incident,she said.

Swaraj maintained that BJP is also concerned about India’s stand on Chinese troops’ incursion into Indian territory in Ladakh.

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