Pakistan wants Sanaullah back home on humanitarian grounds
The condition of the attacked Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah, who had slipped into a coma when he was admitted at Government Medical College, Jammu, has become stable said the Ministry of External Affairs, after he was shifted to the PGIMER in Chandigarh.
“His condition is critical and we suggest that authorities airlift him to Delhi or Chandigarh,” Rajesh Kumar Chalotra, Medical Superintendent, GMC Jammu said, suggesting that he should be shifted to Delhi or Chandigarh for better treatment. Soon after, Sanaullah was shifted by plane to Chandigarh. The External Affairs Ministry said his condition has become stable.
While expressing serious concern over the attack on its national in the Jammu jail, Pakistan on Friday sought immediate consular access to him. “Pakistan High Commission has taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs the attack on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah in Kot Bhalwal in Jammu,” said a statement. Pakistan termed it retaliation for the death of Sarabjit Singh.
While stressing on the security of the victim and other Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, it added, “Pakistan High Commission has asked for detailed information of the incident, immediate consular access, medical facilities for the victim and security of inmates (other Pakistani prisoners).” Pakistan also requested that Sanaullah, be sent home on ‘humanitarian grounds’.Sanaullah was charged in eight militancy cases and was serving a life term in two cases under section 302 for the last seventeen years, police sources said.
Vinod Kumar, who is a former Army man, was also serving life imprisonment having been convicted in an army court martial, for being involved in the killing of an Army man in Leh. He has been serving detention for the past six years.
Kot Bhalwal, where Sanaullah was lodged, is a high security jail located on the outskirts of Jammu. There are as many as 94 Pakistani prisoners there.