ISLAMABAD: The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq, who suffered serious head injuries after being attacked by other inmate former Indian Army personnel in Kot Bhalwal jail in Indian-held Kashmir, remains “very critical”, the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi said on Saturday.
“Sanaullah’s condition remains very critical. He is on life support system in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on ventilator. Given the severity of head injuries, his prognosis remained grim,” said a statement by the Pakistani High Commission.
Sanaullah, who hails from the city of Sialkot, had suffered multiple injuries to the head, and was airlifted on Friday to a government hospital in the city of Chandigarh, 250 kilometres north of New Delhi.
A spokeswoman for the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Hospital in Chandigarh said Sanaullah was in the intensive care unit and on a ventilator as his condition “continues to remain critical”.
The Pakistani High Commission officials “came to the hospital and we have given them his medical update”, added Manju Wadwalkar, the spokeswoman of the PGIMER Hospital.
Sanaullah was said to have entered a state of coma after the apparent tit-for-tat attack after Sarabjit Singh, an Indian in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison, who was jailed 16 years ago for spying and deadly bombings, died on Thursday as a result of a savage assault by inmates.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry had termed the jail attack on Sanaullah an “obvious retaliation” for the killing of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh.
While on the other hand, relatives of Pakistani injured prisoner Sanaullah staged a protest demonstration in Sialkot on Saturday (today), reports said.
The demonstrators raised slogans against Indian barbarism and blocked the road by buring of tyres. Residents of the area also participated in the demonstration in large number.