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Updated: May 8, 2013 01:30 IST

Relatives insist for Sanaullah's repatriation to Pakistan

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Family members of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah arrive at the Wagah border on Tuesday. Photo: PTI
Family members of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah arrive at the Wagah border on Tuesday. Photo: PTI

Relatives of the comatose Pakistani prisoner, Sanaullah Ranjay, who visited him at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Tuesday, insisted that he be repatriated to their country at the earliest despite the team of doctors cautioning against any attempt to shift him at this critical juncture

Sanaullah's brother-in-law Mohammed Shahzad and nephew Mohammed Asif, said they were "very disturbed" at seeing his condition. They appealed to the Indian government to release the prisoner on "humanitarian" grounds. Apart from this, they appealed to the governments of both countries to protect each other’s prisoners and prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Accompanied by an official from Islamabad, Mr Shahzad and Mr Asif, arrived through the land route via the Attari-Wagah border. They inquired about Sanaullah's condition and treatment from the doctors attending to him. Immediately, they were whisked away by officials of the Pakistan High Commission in India, ostensibly to prevent any media hyperbole.

Pakistani High Commissioner, Salman Bashir who had visited Sanaullah at the Advanced Trauma Centre ICU of the PGIMER on Monday, had indicated that his country may not insist in his repatriation after the team of doctors had explained a "bleak prognosis" about any shifting. Sanaullah was admitted to the PGIMER, after he was flown in following serious head injuries sustained in a scuffle at the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu on May 3, the day when Indian prisoner, Sarabjit Singh was cremated at his ancestral Bhikhiwind village of Tarn Taran district.

Meanwhile, the latest health bulletin from the PGIMER described Sanaullah's condition as "extremely critical" as he had now developed jaundice which was indicative of severe infection spreading in the body. While on the ventilator, his oxygen requirement was increased to 80 percent to maintain the arterial oxygen at the minimal desired level.

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