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Kin call for Pak prisoner Sanaullah's release

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Attari, May 07, 2013
First Published: 19:46 IST(7/5/2013) | Last Updated: 09:35 IST(8/5/2013)

Calling for the safety of prisoners on both sides of the border, Pakistani convict Sanaullah Ranjay's relatives, brother-in-law Mohammad Shahzad and his nephew Mohammad Asif, on Tuesday crossed over through the Wagah border and demanded his release on humanitarian grounds.

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Seemingly concerned about the health of Sanaullah, his brother-in-law (sister's husband) Mohammad Shahzad said, "We have come here to see Sanaullah and also to appeal to the Indian government that he must be released on humanitarian grounds."

Not saying much, they stressed that both the countries must look into the safety of the prisoners lodged in respective jails. "Prisoners should not be attacked in jails. Both nations should look into security of prisoners," said Mohammad Shahzad.

The two visitors, who hail from Aura village in Sialkot district of Pakistan, were received by officials of the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi. A diplomat of external affairs ministry of Pakistan, Iqbal Hussain is accompanying them.

Since the authorities had decided to give security cover to Sanaullah's relatives, a pilot vehicle of the Punjab Police was provided to them.

They were granted 15-day visa following a request by Sanaullah's family to the Indian high commission in Islamabad.

The two remained mum on media queries regarding Sarabjit Singh, Indian prisoner who was killed after an assault in a Lahore jail, and attack on Sanaullah.

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah is undergoing treatment at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, where his condition is stated to be critical.

Sanaullah was shifted to PGIMER after he was attacked in Jammu jail by a fellow prisoner last week. He was imprisoned after being convicted of terrorist activities.

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