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Live: Sanaullah to undergo treatment in Chandigarh for now, won't be sent to Pak

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May 03, 2013 at 08:37pm IST

Jammu: 8.39 pm: Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq to undergo treatment in Chandigarh hospital for now, won't be sent to Pakistan.

8.16 pm: India allows officials from Pakistan to meet injured prisoner Sanaullah Haq in Chandigarh hospital. India has also given travel permission for officials. Till now, India had said consular access would follow after doctors cleared it. However, there has been no word on repatriating the prisoner.

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7.43 pm: Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah admitted to Chandigarh's multi-speciality Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science and Research (PGIMER) for specialised treatment.

6.20 pm: MEA says once doctors treating Sanaullah give go-ahead, consular access will be provided.

6.12 pm: Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah is stable and under medical watch, says MEA.

6.06 pm: Plane carrying injured Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq takes off from Jammu to Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, Home Ministry issues fresh alert in view of the attack on Sanaullah Haq. The advisory says that electronic vigil be kept for Pakistan prisoners. The advisory repeats that Pakistani prisoners should be segregated from Indians.

5.07 pm: Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir reportedly spoke to the Indian High Commission. He demanded that India urgently release and repatriate prisoner Sanaullah Haq on humanitarian grounds for medical treatment. He sought that Sanaullah be evacuated by air ambulance.

4.08 pm: MoS External Affairs Preneet Kaur calls the attack on Sanaullah Haq a "very unfortunate incident". "Both countries need to secure each other's prisoners. They must separate the two nationalities. We will keep pushing for a thorough enquiry."

She adds, "We understand people's anger here. But there was nothing more India could have done for Sarabjit."

4.01 pm: Pakistan asks India to release injured prisoner Sanaullah Haq for treatment on humanitarian grounds.

3:31 pm: Sources have told CNN-IBN that an FIR has been filed against Vinod Kumar, the alleged perpetrator of the attack on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq.

3:23 pm: An air ambulance has been sent from Delhi to airlift Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq from Jammu to Chandigarh.

3:17 pm: A team from the Medanta Hospital has been sent to assist in his care and Haq will be airlifted to PGI, Chandigarh by Friday evening. At Kot Bhalwal Jail in Jammu, authorities have asked Pakistani and Indian prisoners to be lodged separately.

1:34 pm: The Ministry of Home Affairs has informed the MEA that prima facie the attack on Sanaullah Haq does not appear to be a premeditated attack, sources say. It also appears that it is not connected to the Sarabjit incident, say sources.

Sources say the attack seems more of personal acrimony, which went out of hand. The DG Prisons has sent the preliminary inquiry report to the MHA based on which MEA has been briefed, according to sources.

12:52 pm: India has proposed talks with Pakistan on the issue of prisoners in both the countries. This came as India regretted the attack on Sanaullah Haq in the Kot Bhalwal Jail. "The attack on Sanaullah is regrettable. He is being attended to. It's necessary that prisoners be treated humanly in jails," MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

12:40 pm: India has regretted the attack on Sanaullah Haq. The Ministry of External Affairs said that Pakistan will get consular access to Sanaullah.

12:27 pm: The condition of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq is deteriorating and his vitals are being checked, say sources. He is not likely to be shifted to PGI, Chandigarh, as of now.

12:16 pm: Pakistan said it was not satisfied with the security provided to Pakistani prisoners in India. Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Mazoor Memon said, "We are not satisfied with the security provided. We could have avoided an incident such as this."

12:05: Reacting to the attack on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Haq in Jammu's Kotbhalwal Jail, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah said, "Sarabjit died, Sanaullah will not die." He also said that there is anger in the country over Sarabjit's death, but 'we should control our anger'.

"There is tremendous anger over Sarabjit. So some prisoners will be attacked, not justifying it. We are controlling our anger as best as we can," Farooq Abdullah said.

11:39 am: The Pakistan High Commission has taken up the attack on Sanaullah Haq with the Ministry of External Affairs and has sought consular access. Pakistan has sought a detailed report on the incident.

A day after Indian convict Sarabjit Singh died of a cardiac arrest in a Pakistan hospital following an assault by his fellow inmates in a Lahore jail, a Pakistani prisoner was beaten up by other inmates in a Jammu jail on Friday. The prisoner Sanaullah Haq was attacked by his fellow inmates in a cell of Central Jail Kotbhalwal on Friday morning.

The Pakistani prisoner is reported to have been severely injured and has been admitted to Jammu's government medical college. Officials says he is in the ICU and could be shifted to Chandigarh.

An inquiry has also been ordered into the incident. Speaking to CNN-IBN J&K Home Minister Sajjad Kichloo said, "This is unfortunate. I have directed Principal Secretary, Home, to initiate an inquiry." He also said that the Jail Superintendent Rajni Sehgal and other staff have been suspended.

Explaining the incident, CNN-IBN National Security Analyst Praveen Swami said, "An Indian prisoner, Vinod Kumar, attacked Sanaullah following an argument inside the jail. Vinod attacked Sanaullah with an axe. Sanaullah got severely injured at the right side of the head and his chest." Sanaullah Haq has suffered serious injuries in his right temporal lobe region and the prognosis is not great.

Sources say the two were seen smoking beedis together during fatigues break before Kumar attacked Haq with pickaxe, sources say.

A case of assault was registered against Vinod Kumar, an ex-serviceman who is also serving a life term in the jail in the outskirts of Jammu. Kumar hails from Uttarakhand. He was court-martialled for murder and recently moved to Kot Bhalwal from Leh.

Sanaullah was arrested on April 1999 in connection with five cases related to terror activities. Sanullah Haq, resident of Dallowali, Sialkot was convicted of a 1994 bus bombing in which 10 people were killed.

The attack occurred ahead of Sarabjit's funeral at his native village in Punjab. Following the death of 49-year-old Sarabjit in Pakistan, Union Home Ministry had issued advisories to all states for maintaining high vigil in jails and ensure there was no attack on any Pakistani prisoner lodged there. Excluding fishermen, there are about 220 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails. A similar number of Indians are lodged in Pakistani jails.

Following the incident the security of Pakistani prisoners lodged in jails in Uttar Pradesh has been beefed up. The state government has ordered that Pakistani prisoners be separated from Indian prisoners.

There have been massive demonstrations across India following the murderous assault on Sarabjit, who died in the wee hours of Thursday in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital.

(With additional information from PTI)

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