Despite doctors cautioning against any attempt to shift him at this critical juncture, relatives of comatose Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, who visited him at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here on Tuesday, insisted that he be repatriated to their country at the earliest.
Sanaullah’s brother-in-law Mohammed Shahzad and nephew Mohammed Asif, said they were “very disturbed” at his condition and appealed to the Indian government to release him on “humanitarian” grounds.
They also 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 by road via the Attari-Wagah border and enquired about Sanaullah’s condition with the doctors attending on him.
They were whisked away by officials of the Pakistan High Commission, ostensibly to prevent any media hyperbole.
Pakistani High Commissioner Salman Bashir, who visited Sanaullah on Monday, indicated that his country might not insist on his repatriation after doctors gave a “bleak prognosis” on his condition.
Sanaullah was admitted to the PGIMER, after he was flown in with serious head injuries sustained in a scuffle at the Kot Balwal jail in Jammu on May 3.
The latest health bulletin from the PGIMER described Sanaullah’s condition as “extremely critical” as he had developed jaundice, which was indicative of severe infection spreading in his body.