Sarabjitís family returns, says PM must quit if he canít bring back Indian citizen

Returning from Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh's family on Wednesday accused the Centre of doing little for the death-row prisoner battling for his life after a brutal assault in a Lahore jail and said they will go to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and top leaders.

The family, which crossed over to India after meeting 49-year-old Sarabjit, who is comatose in a Lahore hospital after last week's attack in jail, said his life can be saved if the Union government puts pressure on Pakistan to shift him to this country or abroad for better treatment.

The family will travel to Delhi and meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and urge them to help save Sarabjit's life by taking necessary steps. "I will tell the Prime Minister with folded hands that I have doubts about the treatment being given to Sarabjit in Pakistan," Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur told reporters here.

"I am disappointed with the government. The Prime Minister should resign as he is not able to bring back an Indian citizen.You failed to protect your citizen... They (Pakistan) got freed (Pakistani citizen Dr Khalil) Chishti and you (India) released their other prisoners," she said.

Sarabjit's wife Sukhpreet Kaur, daughters Poonam and Swapandeep Kaur and sister Dalbir crossed over into India from Lahore through land border on Wednesday. They had gone to Pakistan on a 15-day visa last Sunday, two days after Sarabjit was attacked in Kot Lakhpat jail.

Claiming that if Sarabjit receives the right treatment, he will be able to give an account of what happened to him at the hail, Dalbir said the assertion that Sarabjit is brain dead is wrong. "He is still critical, but it would be wrong to say that he is brain dead. He has sensations...he had blinked his right eye when we had touched him," she said.

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