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"The officials of India's High Commission in Islamabad obtained access to Sarabjit in the ICU of Jinnah hospital, Lahore at 2 am," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.
"Doctors attending to Sarabjit Singh informed the Indian officials that he is in coma on ventilator and receiving IV drip," he said.
The Indian mission had contacted Pakistan's Foreign Office last night to seek consular access. (Also read: In letters to Sonia Gandhi, Sarabjit feared he may be killed in jail)
The two Indian officials went to the hospital and spent some time with Sarabjit. They then drove away from the hospital without speaking to the media. Security has been beefed up at the hospital, where dozens of police commandos have been deployed.
Indian High Commission officials were in regular contact with the Medical Board attending to Sarabjit.
Even as Sarabjit was in coma, doctors carried out X-rays, MRI, CT scans on him.
Doctors have been carrying out trauma control and await stabilisation in condition before conducting further tests, Akbaruddin said.
Some news channels reported that a team of Indian doctors might visit Lahore to assist in Sarabjit's treatment though this could not be independently confirmed.
Earlier, sources said that Sarabjit was attacked by at least six other prisoners within his barrack in one of the most secure sections of Kot Lakhpat Jail. He was hit on the head with bricks and his face, neck, and torso were cut with blade and pieces of a ghee tin.
Sarabjit was initially taken to the hospital within the prison. When his condition worsened, he was moved in an, ambulance to Jinnah Hospital.
However, a murder case has been registered against two prisoners – Amer Aftab and Mudassar. Sources said Aftab, who was on death row after being convicted of murder, had quarrelled with Sarabjit and attempted to attack him some days ago.