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Sanaullah’s death acquires political colour in Pak
Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times
Islamabad, May 09, 2013
First Published: 13:02 IST(9/5/2013)
Last Updated: 13:05 IST(9/5/2013)

People’s reactions to Sanaullah Ranjay’s death though muted in Pakistan so far, parties have begun giving it a political colour in the backdrop of prevailing poll fever in the country.

Accusations are flying thick and fast over how some parties have begun expressing their desires to improve ties with India despite attack on their prisoner in the Jammu jail.

On Thursday, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party was quick to attack PML-N's Nawaz Sharif for saying a day earlier that he wanted better relations with India.

Another leader Syed Munawar Hasan of Ameer Jamaat e Islami, told mediapersons in Karachi that it was not possible to maintain good relations with India due to New Delhi’s retaliatory response to incidents in Pakistan. "It is always tit for tat approach in India despite the fact that the attack on Sarabjit Singh was not necessarily premeditated. But the attack on Sanaullah in the Indian jail was definitely planned and executed in a manner to show Pakistan that it will be given a befitting reply to its every action.”

The Pakistan Foreign Office had earlier expressed its fears about the safety of Pakistani prisoners in India.
 
On Thursday, an official said that the attack on Sanaullah and his death was extremely unfortunate, adding a formal statement would be issued on Thursday evening.

Reports on Sarabjit Singh suggesting that he was an Indian spy was given a lot of prominence in Pakistan where many argued that unlike Sarabjit, Sanaullah was not a spy and should have been pardoned.


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