'Seriously' consider Sarabjit’s release, Khurshid tells Pak

9.35 pm: Have pulled out everything we know in diplomacy, says Khurshid

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday asked Pakistan to take "seriously" India's appeal for the release of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh, comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault.

"We have been concerned of getting him (Sarabjit) back to India. We have been repeatedly pushing the matter. We have pulled out everything we know in diplomacy to reach out for this matter," Khurshid said in Moscow.  - PTI

7. 30 pm: BJP says govt didn’t act on reports that Sarabjit could be attacked

Seeking to find fault with UPA government’s foreign policy, BJP today said it had not acted on reports that Indian death row prisonerSarabjit Singh may be attacked in the Lahore jail, which could have prevented last week’s incident.

“We condemn this government’s stand on the Sarabjit issue. His family members had informed External Affairs Minister Salman Kurshid, his deputy Preneet Kaur and Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that he could be attacked in jail. But still, the Indian government did not wake up and take notice,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. - PTI


6.18 pm: Decisions on Sarabjit are being made on political grounds, says sister

Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur, has said that her brother is being made a scapegoat, and the decision to not send him back to India was motivated by the upcoming Pakistan elections. In an interview with the Times Now channel, Kaur said, "Malala can go abroad for treatment but Sarabjit is not allowed to. There is no humanity here," adding "Sarabjit is being made a scapegoat because of political compulsions in Pakistan."

Sarabjit's lawyer who also spoke to the channel, said meanwhile that there was no logical reason to keep Sarabjit in Pakistan. He also said that Pakistan had failed in its moral duty to protect Sarabjit. "The report on how Sarabjit was attacked should be made public," he said.

The attorney also put forward the theory that the attack on the Indian prisoner was a conspiracy, as it was possible that the people who attacked him may have had links with militant groups outside jail.

4.59 pm: Pak should ensure safety of Indian prisoners

Demanding security for Indian prisoners in Pakistan, India on Monday said it is the responsibility of Pakistan govt to ensure safety and security of all Indian prisoners in their custody.

4.51 pm: India tells Pak to probe Sarabjit attack, punish guilty

The Indian government on Monday asked Pakistan to conduct a thorough probe on  Sarabjit Singh.

Sarabjit was attacked with iron rods in a prison in Lahore on Friday and has been in a coma because of his injuries.

4.38 pm: India appeals to Pak to release Sarabjit

India has appealed to Pakistan to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view of Sarabjit Singh's case and release him.

Sarabjit was imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat jail in Pakistan in 1990. He was convicted by Pakistani authorities for his alleged involvement in the 1990 serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad. Sarabjit claimed that he was a farmer and a victim of mistaken identity, who strayed into Pakistan from his village located on the border.

4. 15pm: India ready to give full medical assistance to Sarabjit, says RPN Singh

India is ready to provide full medical assistance to death row convict Sarabjit Singh, lying in coma in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault, the Government said today.

"It is our endeavour and we will do whatever in our hands to make sure that all proper medical treatment is given to Sarabjit Singh -whether it is Pakistani doctors or medical experts from foreign countries. We are also ready to provide full medical assistance, if there is a need for any assistance from our side," Minister of State for Home RPN Singh said.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament House, he said Sarabjit was in "a very serious condition" and his family members' demand that he should be brought back to the country is an issue which the Government can take up with Pakistani authorities through diplomatic channel.

"It is something we can talk to them diplomatically," he said when asked about the demand.

"...First priority is that he should recover. He should be looked after. Whatever medical treatment he needs, it should be provided to him. We are in constant touch to make sure his safety and health," Singh said, terming as "extremely unfortunate" the assault on Sarabjit in Kot Lakhpat Jail.

Sarabjit, 49, sustained several injuries, including skull fracture, when six prisoners attacked him in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday and doctors said his chances of survival are slim. He was convicted of alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990 and mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and then President Pervez Musharraf.


1.01 pm: Indian officers visit Sarabjit in hospital as Pak decides against sending him abroad

Indian High Commission officials have visited Sarabjit Singh in the Intensive Care Unit of the Jinnah hospital.

Times Now reported that the officials had declined to speak to the media.

The visit comes even as a Pakistani four-member panel refused to send Singh abroad for medical attention.

Doctors conducted a CT scam on him today morning, and made the decision based on the results. The report of the panel will be sent to the Pakistan government.

Sarabjit Singh's doctor Zafar Iqbal told Times Now said, "Sarabjit is still critical. That is all I can say for now."


12.32 pm: Sarabjit to not be moved out of Pakistan

The four-member medical panel constituted by the Pakistan government has decided that Sarabjit Singh cannot be moved out of Pakistan because of his critical condition, reported Times Now.

Doctors conducted a CT scam on him today morning, and made ther decision based on the results. The report of the panel will be sent to the Pakistan government.

Sarabjit Singh's doctor Zafar Iqbal told Times Now said, "Sarabjit is still critical. That is all I can say for now."

The Indian prisoner in Pakistan needs many major surgeries, but they cannot be performed because of his condition. He is still in coma and in a very critical condition.

11.20 am: Four member panel to decide if Sarabjit should sent abroad

Rezaul Hasan Laskar, the PTI correspondent for Pakistan, has quoted Geo News on Twitter and said that Pakistan has formed a panel of experts to decide if Sarabjit Singh should be sent abroad for treatment.

Geo News suggests that it is the same panel that's been monitoring him. No official word on this development yet.

However, APB News reported that a four member panel, constituted under Principal of Jinnah Hospital, will decide whether Sarabjit should be shifted abroad or experts to be brought to Pakistan.

Times Now reported that Pakistan may also form a judicial commission to probe the attack on the India prisoner.

Sarabjit's family has been demanding that he be returned to India for treatment because they believe that he is not safe in Pakistan.

Here is Laskar's tweet:


11.06 am: Govt not taking steps to bring back Sarabjit

BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday morning blamed the government of India for not taking steps to move Sarabjit Singh back to India.

"People of the country want the government to bring Sarabjit back, but our government is not taking concrete steps," Naqvi said.

10.17 am: Sarabjit not safe in Pakistan, says worried sister

After meeting her brother on Sunday evening at the Jinnah hospital in Lahore, Sarabjit Singh's sister desperately urged for him to be moved back to India because she thought that he was unsafe there.

“I just want to ask that how weapons came to be inside the jail. My brother was beaten mercilessly and has not opened eyes ever since the attack. I cannot believe this can happen without the connivance of the jail officials,” Hindustan Times reported her as saying.

Before leaving for Pakistan she had said that she believed Pakistan jail authorities were involved in the attack in Sarabajit.

9.10 am: After initial denial, India diplomats allowed to meet Sarabjit

Indian High Commission officials today visited Sarabjit for the second time in as many days after permission was granted by Pakistani authorities following an initial denial.

"The officials visited Singh in the Lahore hospital. His condition remains unchanged," a spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.

9.01 am: Sarabjit's family meets him at Lahore Hospital

The family of Sarabjit Singh, after overcoming many hurdles, has finally met him at the Jinnah hospital in Lahore. They asked the India government to help them bring him to India for treatment even as doctors told them that the chance of his survival is slim.

This comes amidt souring diplomatic ties between India and Pakistan as the neighbouring country denied consular access to him

Sukhpreet, Sarabjit's wife, arrived in Pakistan this afternoon along with her daughters, Swapandeep and Poonam and Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur.

They were granted visas by the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi yesterday to visit Sarabjit. His counsel, Awais Shiekh, and members of civil society groups received them at Wagah.

Sukhpreet said saving Sarbajit's life was the most important issue for her family.

End of updates from 28 April

2.20 pm: Sarabjit's family arrives in Pakistan

Four members of the family of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, currently in a coma in a Lahore hospital following a brutal assault, crossed over to Pakistan via the Wagah land border crossing today.

Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur, wife Sukhpreet Kaur and daughters Swapandeep and Poonam, told the media on the Pakistani side that they would immediately go to Jinnah Hospital to visit him.

Dalbir Kaur, who has travelled to Pakistan in the past to lobby political leaders for the release of Sarabjit, said she and other members of her family were visiting the country in sad circumstances.


1.56 pm: LeT, Pak Taliban may responsible for attack

In a shocking revelation, a report that has come to the government of India that suggests the attack on Sarabjit Singh may have been by the LeT or the Pakistan Taliban.

Times Now reported that the attackers have confessed to investigators that it was infact 'a revenge attack' in response to India executing Ajmal Kasab.

The reports suggest that Pakistan jails have prisoners who belonged to the LeT and the Taliban, who might have attacked Sarabjit

1.16 pm: Kin prays before leaving for Pakistan

The  family headed for Harmandir Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines in Amritsar, popularly known as Golden Temple, on Sunday morning to offer prayers before leaving for the Attari-Wagah international border between India and Pakistan, 30 km from Amritsar.

"I request the government to make sure that he is given proper treament," said Sarabjit's sister.

His daughter was hopeful that they would bring him back to India. "We are relieved that we will see him. I appeal to Indians to pray for him. We hope for that he will be fine soon," she said.

Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh went into a coma after a murderous attack on him by fellow prisoners in a Lahore jail on Friday, souring Indo-Pakistan ties further.

 Seriously consider Sarabjit’s release, Khurshid tells Pak

Sarabjit Singh's wife with SM Krishna. Agency

While his sister blamed Pakistan jail authorities for the incident, Pakistan cancelled consular access to two Indian diplomats denying them a chance to meet Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh even as doctors at Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital, say the chances of his survival are slim.

Updated Date: Apr 30, 2013 06:19:29 IST