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Sarabjit reported brain-dead, family to return today

New Delhi, May 1 (): The upset family of the Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was attacked by his fellow inmates in a Lahore jail last week is expected to return back to India today after the declaration of Pakistani doctors reportedly saying that he is brain-dead. Ever since Sarabjit was attacked by the inmates, he has been on ventilator support.

Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur spoke to Raj Kumar Verka, vice chairman of the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and is believed to have told him that her brother was “brain dead” and chances of his survival are less.

Verka, who was involved in securing visas for the members of Sarabjit’s family from the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, said that it seems Sarabjit had died earlier. But the Pakistani government has put on a false act by allowing the family to visit him in Lahore.

 The ministry of external affairs in New Delhi is also making repeated appeal to Pakistan to consider on “sympathetic and humanitarian” view on Sarabjit, to which it denied and said that he would continue to get treatment in Pakistan and will not be shifted out.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters outside parliament house on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that Sarabjit Singh, who is in a special intensive care unit of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital, would be able to recover. He expressed confidence that Sarabjit would be able to recover.

The family as soon as was told  about Sarabjit’s condition desired to return back to India,  said Sarabjit’s lawyer Awais Sheikh in a news channel in Lahore.

Forty-nine year old Sarabjit Singh had been in Pakistan since 1990 after being convicted by Pakistani courts for the alleged bomb blast in Lahore and Multan which left fourteen people dead. Sarabjit’s family however claimed saying that he had been victimized of mistaken identity.