The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan today strongly condemned the attack
on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh and urged the federal government to conduct an
inquiry into the matter and punish those responsible for the incident.
"The HRCP condemns the murderous attack on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner,
at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore. A prisoner is wholly dependent for his safety
on the keepers of the prison and, regardless of his offence, he is entitled to
due protection against violence by wardens or fellow detainees," the rights
watchdog said in a statement issued here.
The organisation called on the federal and Punjab governments to hold "thorough
inquiries into the latest horror story and bring all those responsible to book,
and the sooner the better".
It criticised jail authorities for failing to provide adequate security to
"The authorities should have taken special care of Sarabjit Singh since his case
is well-known and the fellow prisoners' hostility towards him could have been
anticipated," the statement said.
Concerned about the fallout of the incident on ties with India, HRCP said
Pakistani authorities should have "realised the adverse effects on relations
with India if an Indian prisoner fell victim to any foul play, to say nothing of
murderous attacks on him".
The organisation pointed out that India had recently complained about the "death
by torture of an Indian who was detained at Kot Lakhpat and the matter is
These cases revealed the "dangerous consequences of the growth of intolerance in
Pakistani society, which will cause the people of this land more harm than
anyone else", HRCP said.
Sources told PTI that Sarabjit was brutally assaulted by at least six
prisoners within his barrack in the jail yesterday.
He was hit on the head with bricks and his neck and torso cut with blades and
pieces of a ghee tin.
The sources said he was in a "deep coma" and put on ventilator after suffering a
Doctors will not be able to perform surgery on him till he is stabilised, the
Sarabjit was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in
Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990.
His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former President Pervez
The outgoing Pakistan People's Party-led government put off Sarabjit's execution
for an indefinite period in 2008.
Sarabjit's family says he is a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently
strayed across the border in an inebriated state.
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