The attack on Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh by some inmates of Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, injuring him seriously, is condemnable and unfortunate. The incident, following the death of Chamel Singh — allegedly after being tortured — in the same jail, has once again brought to the forefront the security of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails. If not checked, such incidents will bring further strain on the already strained ties between India and Pakistan.
The apprehension expressed by Sarabjit in his letters to his family, that he was facing threats after the hanging of Afzal Guru in India, should have been taken seriously by New Delhi. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan needs to be appreciated for condemning the attack. The prison authorities in Lahore should have been more cautious. Did not India spend crores on Ajmal Kasab’s safety?
The purpose of detaining Sarabjit for so many years is unknown as even the Pakistan government does not think he deserves the death penalty. The Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s demand to execute him following Afzal Guru’s execution in India is meaningless.
M.C.S. Pavan Kumar,