Attack on Pakistani prisoner in India; 'Tit for Tat'?

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Attack on Pak prisoner a 'Tit for Tat'?
Jammu, May 3: The condition of Sanaullah Haq is extremely critical after he was attacked in the Jammu jail by a fellow prisoner. Pakistan has sought a detailed report on the incident.

Just one day after Indian convict Sarabjit Singh died of a cardiac arrest in a Pakistan hospital following an assault by his fellow inmates in a Lahore jail, a Pakistani prisoner was beaten up by inmates in a Jammu jail on Friday. The prisoner Sanaullah Haq was attacked by his fellow inmates in a cell of Central Jail Kotbhalwal on Friday morning.

An inquiry has been ordered into the incident. The Jammu & Kashmir Home Minister Sajjad Kichloo said that it was an unfortunate incident and the Jail Superintendent Rajni Sehgal and other staff have been suspended.

A case of assault has been registered against Vinod Kumar, a former Army Officer who is also serving a life term in the jail in the outskirts of Jammu. Sanaullah was arrested on April 1999 in connection with five cases related to terror activities.

Following the incident, the security of Pakistani prisoners, in Uttar Pradesh jails, has been beefed up. The state government has ordered that Pakistani prisoners be separated from Indian prisoners.

India has openly regretted the attack on Sanaullah Haq. Pakistan said that it was not satisfied with the security provided to Pakistani prisoners in India. Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Mazoor Memon said that they are not satisfied with the security provided to Pakistani prisoners in India.

Reacting to the attack Sanaullah, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said that Sarabjit died but Sanaullah will not die. He also said that there is anger in the country over Sarabjit's death, but we should control our anger and that the attack is not justified.

Further probing the Sarabjit case, Pakistani dailies on Friday, demanded a thorough investigation into the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was savagely attacked by fellow prisoners, with one pointedly saying this happened because of Pakistani authorities' "abject failure".

Sarabjit's family had sought his immediate repatriation. The Pakistan Foreign Office had stated that this had been agreed to in a meeting but the decision came out too late.

The daily said there are questions that need to be answered.

"The attack needs to be investigated and all those responsible for it must be identified. It is also important that we investigate why he was not granted better security - especially since this is not the first case of an Indian inmate being badly manhandled in jail. And there is the humanitarian aspect to consider."

"But looking beyond issues of diplomacy and politics, the fact is that a man has met a brutal end and the affair should never have ended so horribly. This has happened because of Pakistani authorities' abject failure to keep Sarabjit safe even after his lawyers had complained of threats to his life. The matter needs to be followed up for the sake of justice, even if Sarabjit himself will never benefit from it," said the daily.

The Daily Times in its editorial said that Sarabjit's death "could be termed another unfortunate blow to the already wafer-thin interaction between the two conflicted neighbours now requires appropriate responses from the two governments to ensure that no knee jerk reactions upend the fragile normalisation process".

It observed that the entire incident is "layered in very suspicious circumstances, and it is the duty of the government to make the report public".

"Considering the pragmatism and level-headedness of (Indian Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh's conduct vis-a-vis Pakistan, it is to be hoped, beyond the immediate expected emotional response of outrage and grief, that no step would be taken in haste to endanger the normalisation process between the two countries, a setback threatening to once again darken the geopolitical scenario of a region already embroiled in too many unnecessary and vicious tugs towards renewed conflict."

There have been massive demonstrations across India following Sarabjit's death, in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital on Thursday.

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