In a damage control excercise shortly after Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh died in a Lahore hospital, Pakistani authorities on Thursday slapped murder charges against two jail inmates for his brutal murder and ordered a judicial probe.
The decisions came after stinging criticism from India as also Sarabjit’s family on Pakistan’s refusal to hand over Sarabjit for better treatment and its inability to provide adequate security despite having being warned of threats to his life.
The Lahore Police added murder charges to the FIR registered against death row prisoners — Amer Aftab alias Amer Tambewala and Mudassar — who were booked for the attack.
Officials at Kot Lakhpat police station confirmed that they had added Section 302 (murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against Aftab and Mudassar after Sarabjit’s death.
Najam Sethi, the caretaker CM of Punjab province, assured Indian High Commissioner that those responsible for the murder will be brought to justice.
Sethi ordered a judicial inquiry and directed officials to ensure that the probe was completed in 15 days. The inquiry will be conducted by a High Court judge, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.