The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq, who had been severely injured in a jail attack on Friday in Jammu, remained critical on Sunday.
Haq was brought to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Friday evening after the prison assault in Kot Bhalwal jail.
In a medical bulletin issued by the PGIMER on Sunday evening, he continues to be critically sick and in a deep coma with no improvement in the functioning of his brain.
However, hospital spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said his metabolic conditions were getting settled.
Meanwhile, government sources said in New Delhi permission had been given to Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir to meet Sanaullah, 52.
“Bashir’s request was considered and he was granted permission this evening (Sunday),” a source said.
Bashir had earlier requested he be allowed to visit Chandigarh and meet the prisoner.
The Pakistan high commission said in a release the doctors had conveyed to it they would wait for 48-72 hours trying to stabilise the patient before taking a decision on any major medical intervention.
Sanaullah, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, is serving a life term after being convicted under the provisions of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act following his arrest in 1999.
He was assaulted a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who had been attacked by six fellow inmates in a Lahore prison.
With details from PTI