Pak dismisses report about sending Sarabjit abroad

They rejected a media report that the board was mulling a proposal to send Sarabjit abroad for treatment.

Written by PTI | Lahore | Updated: April 15, 2014 5:44:37 pm

M Zulqernain

Lahore: Pakistani officials Monday dismissed a report that a medical board was considering a proposal to send abroad Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh —- comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault —- for treatment.

The four-member medical board headed by Jinnah Hospital chief executive Mahmood Shaukat conducted a routine examination of Sarabjit this morning,officials said.

They rejected a media report that the board was mulling a proposal to send Sarabjit abroad for treatment.

“No such proposal has been under consideration,” an official of the health department of Punjab province said.

“The medical board has no mandate (to decide about sending Sarabjit abroad),” said the official,who did not want to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

The medical board is “minutely monitoring the patient” and Sarabjit is being given the “best treatment” at Jinnah Hospital,the official said.

Sources in the hospital said that there had been “no improvement whatsoever” in Sarabjit’s condition.

The members of the medical board — Shaukat,Postgraduate Medical Institute principal Anjum Habib Vohra,Jinnah Hospital neuro department head Zafar Chaudhry and King Edward Medical University neuro-physician Naeem Kasuri — see Sarabjit’s case as “major neurosurgical challenge”,the sources said.

Lawyer files petition to send Sarabjit to UK

Lahore: A Pakistani lawyer Monday sought court’s intervention to send Indian national Sarabjit Singh,comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault,to Britain for better medical treatment.

Barrister Zafarullah filed a petition in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court asking it to direct authorities to send Sarabjit to Britain for treatment. He also asked the court to free Sarabjit and another 120 death row prisoners as they had been held in prison for a period equivalent to a life sentence. Zafarullah contended that Sarabjit’s condition was very critical and he should be provided with the best medical facilities in Britain. “The condemned prisoners who have completed the period of a life sentence should be set free,” he said.

Another lawyer,Sarfraz Husain,too filed a petition in the Lahore Registry of the apex court,requesting it to send Sarabjit abroad with a medical board of Pakistani and Indian doctors.

He said Sarabjit’s case should be referred to the Federal Investigation Agency for an inquiry. It could not immediately be ascertained when the petitions would be taken up by the apex court.

Indian judicial panel asks Pak to allow them to visit Sarabjit

Rezaul H Laskar

Islamabad: Indian members of a bilateral judicial committee on prisoners have asked Pakistan to arrange a visit to the Lahore hospital where Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh is being treated after a brutal assault.

Retired judges A S Gill and M A Khan arrived in Pakistan for a scheduled visit on Friday,hours after Sarabjit was attacked by other prisoners in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail. They have asked Pakistan’s Foreign Office to allow them to visit Sarabjit in Jinnah Hospital,official sources said.

The Indian judges flew into Karachi,where they met 482 Indian fishermen and six civilian prisoners being held in different jails in the southern port city. Monday,they met eight Indian civilian prisoners being held at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The judges travelled from Rawalpindi to Lahore this evening. They are scheduled to meet some 30 Indian prisoners at Kot Lakhpat Jail Tuesday.

The sources said the judges had had “good interactions” with the Indian prisoners in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

In Karachi,all the fishermen and civilian prisoners were presented before the judges,who questioned them about their problems and conditions within the jails.

In Rawalpindi too,the judges interacted with the prisoners. The judges and officials accompanying them allowed the prisoners to call their relatives in India on mobile phones.

Scores of fishermen were also freed after their issue was taken up by the committee.

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