Unfortunately in death they are united, albeit in a tragic manner. Both the lives were sacrificed to feed the ego of jingoists in neighbouring countries India and Pakistan, as they share tensed relationship for last six decades.
Yes, both are victims of chauvinism and ultra-nationalism behaviour of thousands of Indians and Pakistanis, who profess the idea of "tit-for-tat" and "an eye for an eye".
They say Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh lodged in Central Jail Lahore was brutally attacked by fellow inmates to take the revenge of the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack case convict Mohammed Afzal Guru by Indian authorities in Tihar Jail on February 9, this year.
On April 26, 50-year-old Sarabjit was attacked in Central Jail Lahore(Kot Lakhpat jail) by two prisoners Mudasar and Amir with bricks. Sarabjit's injuries were fatal and finally he died on May 2 at Lahore's Jinnah Hospital. where he was on life-support since April 26.
In an apparently retaliatory attack for Sarabjit's murder, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay lodged at Jammu's Kot Bhalwal jail in India was grievously injured by his fellow jail inmates on May 3.
The injured 52-year-old Pakistani prisoner was admitted to the Advanced Trauma Centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh for treatment. But, like Sarabjit, Sanaullah's battle to survive ended on Thursday (May 9) morning.
According to doctors treating Sanaullah, his injury was so grievous that it couldn't help much.
"The patient was brought in a brain dead condition and died this morning due to multiple organ failure," a PGI spokesman said here.
The body has been shifted to the mortuary of the Institute from the ICU in the advanced trauma centre.
Sarabjit was an Indian National who was convicted and sentenced to death by a court in Pakistan in 1991 for his alleged involvement in terrorists attacks in Pakistan.
He was convicted by the Pakistani authorities for his
involvement in 1990 serial bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad
that killed 14 people.
A resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, Ranjay was serving a life term after being convicted under Tada provisions following his arrest in 1999.
Like the lives of Sarabjit and Sanaullah, the families of two victims also share lot of commonalities. Both the families across the border waited for the day, when their loved ones would be back home. Yes, both Sanaullah and Sarabjit came home, but dead.