The death of Sanaullah Haq, the Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in a Jammu jail by a fellow inmate on May 3, has put fresh strains on Indo-Pak relations.
Doctors and Chandigarh Police officials at the mortuary of the hospital where Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay died. Keshav Singh/HT photo
While Sanaullah’s death has cost India its high moral ground on the ` issue, it has also resulted in a face-off over the nature of probe into his killing.
“The body will be handed over to the Pakistan high commission officials who are presently in Chandigarh along with two members of the prisoner’s family. All facilities will be extended to facilitate the repatriation of the body”, said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.
“The brutal manner in which Sanaullah was attacked in the jail is most unfortunate and a matter of deep concern for the Government of Pakistan”, Pakistan foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, where election is due on Saturday, also called upon the Government of India to ensure the safety and security of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails.
Pakistan also demanded an “international probe into the incident”—which India promptly denied and suggested bilateral means to look into the issue.
“We have requested the government of India for an international inquiry into the brutal attack on the Pakistani citizen,” Manzoor Ali Memon, the spokesperson of the Pakistan high commission said.
But, New Delhi objected to any international probe. Instead, reiterating that there was an urgent need to examine the recommendations that have been submitted by the India-Pakistan Joint Judicial Committee that visited Pakistani jails from April 26 to May 1, 2013.
“Both sides also need to take stock of the measures currently in place for ensuring safety, security and humane treatment of prisoners in each other’s jails”, the MEA spokesperson said.
Two Indian prisoners, Chamel Singh and Sarabjit Singh were killed in a Lahore prison this year, which led to a bilateral flare-up between the sides.