Pak orders inquiry into death of Indian national in jail

Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday said he had ordered an inquiry into the death of Indian national Chambail Singh, who died after he was allegedly assaulted by prison staff in Lahore last month.

"I (have) ordered an inquiry by (the Federal Investigation Agency) today," Malik said in a message posted on Twitter Monday. He was responding to a post by an Indian user who had claimed that Singh was "murdered" in jail.

Authorities in Lahore had earlier ordered a judicial inquiry into Singh's death after another prisoner, a Christian lawyer named Tehseen Khan, alleged that the Indian national had died after he was beaten by the staff at Kot Lakhpat Jail on January 15.

Officials at the jail refuted Khan's allegations and said Singh died of a heart attack. They said he was taken to Jinnah Hospital on January 15 and doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

The judicial inquiry is yet to be completed because an autopsy has not been performed on Singh's body, being kept at Jinnah Hospital.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has asked Pakistani authorities to speed up the process of handing over Singh's body.

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