Allow us to treat Sarabjit, India tells Pak as prisoner battles for life in Lahore

FPAssaulted in prison

With Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's condition remaining critical, New Delhi proposed for the first time Monday that he be shifted out of Pakistan to India to get the best medical treatment.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad made this proposal to the Pakistani government to be considered as one of the options, as Singh battled for life in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital. Neurosurgeons there have told Indian diplomats that he is not out of danger yet.

Citing humanitarian grounds, New Delhi also asked Islamabad to release Singh, who was grievously injured after being brutally assaulted by fellow prisoners in Lahore on Friday. It also demanded a thorough investigation into the attack to ensure punishment to the guilty.

While moving him to India could be a politically difficult decision for Islamabad in view of national elections next month, sending Indian doctors to Lahore is one possibility that could be considered, sources said. However, there was no official word from Pakistan to the Indian proposal until late on Monday.

A MEA statement also said "it is the responsibility of the Government of Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of all Indian prisoners in their custody".

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