Charging Pakistan with 'brutalising' the corpse of Sarabjit Singh during a post-mortem in the neighbouring country, Bharatiya Janata Party state vice- president Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said on Thursday that it was quite evident from the manner in which vital organs of the Bhikhiwind native had been removed that Pakistan had "no respect for basic human rights".
"First, Sarabjit was murdered in cold blood. And then his body was maltreated and heart, kidney and stomach taken out during the first autopsy at Lahore," said Chhina. He added that the fact came to light when the second autopsy was conducted on the body at Patti.
"This is inhuman. Earlier, two Indian army soldiers were beheaded and it seems Pakistan has forgotten all kinds of decency," said Chhina.
He maintained that by stooping so low Pakistan could not lower the morale of the Indian troops and general public.
At the same time, Chhina also condemned the attack on a Pak national in Jammu jail, saying that India did not believe in 'tit for tat' and demanded that Pak prisoners should be protected in Indian jails. "We respect human rights and international peaceful co-existence and want that Pak should also behave in a civilised manner," he averred.
Charging the Congress-led UPA government for its weak foreign policy, he said India had to show that it had a strong will and would not tolerate such kinds of brutalities on its citizens. He also cited the example of China's aggression on the border recently, which indicated that India was surrounded by hostile neighbours who might bully India any time. "But the brave countrymen will not allow their evil designs to win," he said.
Meanwhile, the office-bearers and members of Chief Khalsa Diwan (CKD) held a prayer in the memory of Sarabjit Singh. CKD president Charanjit Singh Chadha termed Sarabjit's murder a conspiracy and condemned the Pakistan government for the inhuman treatment given to Sarabjit.
He said that Pakistan did not heed India's repeated pleas to send Sarabjit to India or any other country for treatment, besides rejecting the appeal of calling in doctors from India or another other country for his treatment.
"Had Sarabjit been provided with better medical facilities in India, he would have been returned home alive. Sarabjit had suffered so much trauma during his 23 years in Pak jail. His struggle came to such a tragic end. It is a total violation of human rights on part of the Pakistan government," Chadha said.