The sister of death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was rendered comatose after being attacked by fellow inmates at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, on Sunday appealed to the Pakistani authorities to allow the Indian prisoner to be brought back home for further treatment.
Dalbir Kaur was speaking to reporters before she accompanied Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Poonam and Swapandeep to Pakistan to visit her brother in hospital.
“The family demands that Sarabjit be shifted to one of India’s best hospitals for treatment and this matter should be taken up with Pakistan, keeping in view his critical condition,” she said.
According to Dalbir, the family had the best wishes from millions of Indians for Sarabjit’s recovery and she expressed the hope that their prayers would be answered. Recalling a previous incident when she was not allowed to carry even a handkerchief inside the Kot Lakhpat jail, Dalbir said even the food packets she took for her brother were prised open and checked thoroughly.
Sukhpreet said the family was happy to get the Pakistani visa. Poonam and Swapandeep said they were hopeful of their father’s early recovery and his return to Bhikiwind in Punjab.
“Millions of Indians are praying for our father. We had been trying for a visa for quite some time to meet him, but we did not know that we will have to travel to meet him in such circumstances,” Swapandeep said. ENS