India has sought a ‘thorough investigation’ in the deaths of the 13 Indians who have died in Pakistani jails in the past three-and-a-half years.
Kirpal Singh’s death in a Lahore jail was one of the most recent cases.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, minister of state for external affairs V K Singh said that India has reiterated to the Pakistan government that it is their responsibility to ensure the safety, security and well-being of all Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails.
“As per the information available in our missions/posts abroad, 49 Indians died in prisons in various countries during the last three years and the current year. This includes 13 Indians who died in Pakistani jails during this period,” Singh said.
He said the government has taken up the matter of Kirpal Singh’s death with the Pakistan foreign ministry and has requested that a thorough investigation be undertaken to ascertain the cause for his death and that the probe report be shared with Indian authorities.
The Pakistan government had conveyed that Singh had died of a heart attack, Singh added.