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Sarabjit's family returns to India to decide future course of action


Jyoti Kamal, Paarull, CNN-IBN
May 01, 2013 at 12:43pm IST

Wagah Border: Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's family has returned to India from Pakistan to decide on the future course of action. Sarabjit's sister Dalbir Kaur has said the family will try to meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi soon.

There have been hints that 49-year-old Sarabjit is brain dead and is being sustained by life support mechanisms. Dalbir said that she needs to consult with people back in India about the future course of action.

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Meanwhile, Sarabjit's condition has deteriorated further, doctors treating him in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital said. PTI reports that his blood pressure is being maintained with support, that he has entered a "critical phase" and his chances of survival are very slim.

Sarabjit's lawyer will move the Lahore High Court seeking permission for Indian doctors to examine him in Pakistan. He said the Pakistani authorities have not been responding to the family's queries on Sarabjit's health and so they want to move court asking for Indian doctors to join the Pakistani team of doctors treating Sarabjit.

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"The doctors from India should be allowed to come here and join the Pakistani doctors team. We are not being told anything by the authorities. They remain silent," said Sarabjit's lawyer Awais Sheikh. Indian High Commission officials have also asked Pakistani doctors if Sarabjit can be treated abroad.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government is doing its best to support Sarabjit's family. "The External Affairs Ministry is already in touch with the government. We are trying to help Sarabjit and his family in all possible ways," Shinde said.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said there hasn't been a solid response from Pakistan on India's appeal to move Sarabjit Singh saying India has to trust the medical board. "We have not got a solid response that I was hoping to get. We of course have to trust the medical board. We do have a judicial committee in Rawalpindi. We have sought access to the judicial committee. This is to ensure welfare of Sarabjit and other Indian prisoners," Khurshid said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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