Pak panel to decide on sending Sarabjit abroad for treatment

Apr 29, 2013, 13:01 IST | Agencies

A four-member panel of Pakistani medical experts supervising the treatment of Indian death row convict Sarabjit Singh, comatose in a Lahore hospital after a brutal assault, has been asked to decide whether he should be sent abroad for treatment.

The panel headed by Mehmood Shaukat was directed by the government to decide whether Sarabjit, 49, should be sent abroad or foreign neurosurgeons should be called to Pakistan to treat him, Geo News channel reported.

Sarabjit Singh
Sarabjit Singh; File Pic

The administration of Jinnah Hospital, where Sarabjit has been in an intensive care unit since Friday, has received a formal order from the government in this regard, the report said.

The panel of experts examined Sarabjit again today and studied the results of tests done on him so far, including two CT scans. There was no official word on the development.

Sarabjit sustained several injuries, including a skull fracture, when six prisoners attacked him in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Friday and doctors said his chances of survival are slim.

He was hit on the head with bricks and his neck and torso cut with sharp weapons. He is in a deep coma and doctors said yesterday that there had been no improvement in his condition.

Sarabjit was convicted for alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990.
His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former President Pervez Musharraf.

The outgoing Pakistan People's Party-led government put off Sarabjit's execution for an indefinite period in 2008.

Sarabjit's family says he is the victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border in an inebriated state.  

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