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LAHORE, April 30: Indian spy Sarabjit Singh, who was severally injured in an attack by inmates in a prison, went into ‘non-reversible’ coma on Tuesday and was heading to ‘brain death’, said the doctors struggling to save his life.

His Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) had dropped to a critical level which showed that he was moving towards ‘brain death’, a senior doctor at the Jinnah Hospital told journalists. The GCS is a neurological scale that records the level of consciousness of a person.

“Now only his heart is beating but without brain function and this is because of his profound head injuries,” the doctor said.

But, he said, the medical board examining him on a daily basis was not in the position to declare him brain dead without consulting the authorities and Sarabjit’s family. After an extensive physical examination, the doctors had the unanimous opinion that he was absolutely unresponsive and unable to breathe without ventilator. They also examined the result of the GCS and finally expressed the opinion that he met the criteria of ‘brain death’.

The doctor said the authorities had been informed about the failing health of Singh.

Replying to a question, he said that Singh would not be removed from ventilator without approval of the government and consent of his family.

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Guru May 02, 2013 07:23am
Pakistan has failed to do justice to Sarabjit. Let him be the spy that he was accused of. Supreme Court of Pakistan sentenced him to death. He should have died in the gallows & not beaten to death in the jail. I somehow think, the rulers decided to get rid of the Sarabjit problem this way - Not offend India but get rid of him, at the same time. This shows the entire ruling machinery in an extremely poor light.
zaeem jaffer May 02, 2013 08:23am
Hahah.... In your dreams, Mr caz
zaeem jaffer May 02, 2013 08:22am
Mr. Sarbajeet singh should have been sent to his motherland India on humanitarian basis... He should have his ventilator removed in India and the govt and other policy makers should pay heed to this matter only on the humanitarian grounds... he had been in jail for the last 23 years.... RIP Zaeem Jaffar....
Kaly May 02, 2013 06:51am
He was not a spy, your great police tagged him like that....
Abdullah Hussain May 01, 2013 06:05pm
Surely he should be sent to India to live or die peacefully there, however the claim that he suffered too long for a crime that he did not commit is absurd. He was rightly & fairly convicted for his gruesome crime of four bombings in & around Lahore that killed several peoples.
SF May 01, 2013 01:03pm
My sympathies are with Sarabjit, Jail Authority should have to protect him, Al though he is guilty as per media news.
caz May 01, 2013 07:08am
Mr Sarabjit must be taken to a country with more advanced medical facilities than pakistan. India is the nearest.
Suresh Namboothiri May 01, 2013 06:33am
Went through Wikipedia entry about Sarabjit Singh. As we combine what Wikipedia writes with what Sarabjit's lawyer and Human Right activists in Pakistan says, what is becoming apparent is the way vested interests exploited the judiciary for someone's convenience/benefit. The people who found Sarabjit near Attari border in drunken state had a golden opportunity to find a scapegoat that suited solving a blast in Lahore. However, there was no solid proof against him, he was not caught red handed, nothing controversial in his procession, it is clear that the law of natural justice was not followed. As usual he was tortured, ignored the fact that he didn't have a spying record. He is just a farmer from Tarn Taran. He went to his agricultural land on the border for tilling, not to Lahore for bombing. Indian courts would not have given a death penalty with this sort of hearsay and surfacial evidence. Note that in one instance, Sabarjit's appeal was rejected just because his lawyer didn't reach the court premises in time - what a silly reason to play with a man's life! In Bombay blast of 1993, Indian Supreme court gave death penalty to one person, even though there are other 21 people with solid proof heaped over them. The attack on Sarabjit inside the jail can be considered as a local 'dadagiri', but, this verdict will remain as a black spot on Pakistan's judicial system.
BK May 01, 2013 03:12am
Sad, no one deserves to die like this. May Allah give his family sabar.
ashraf mirza (USA) May 01, 2013 01:51am
i am deeply sorry to hear about Mr.Singh health update. He is brain dead means his life is too short. He may pass with in few days. (VERY SAD).. my sympathy gows to Mr. Singh and his family....I am sure family is going thru pain. May God place Mr. Singh in heaven...Aameen Sincerely, ashraf mirza
Faraz Masood May 01, 2013 01:36am
Government has nothing to do with removing the ventilator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jagjit Singh Sidhoo May 01, 2013 01:38am
Sarabjit was probably dead when he was brought to the hospital. This subsequent drama of granting visa to his family members was just an attempt to give the Govt of Pakistan a humane face . Govts play these games we saw it in the case of the Delhi gang rape case when the victim was sent to Singapore .
PI May 01, 2013 05:06am
Pakistan should send him back to India with the ventilator on along with his sister and family on humanitarian grounds. Let him die peacefully in his motherland India. He has suffered for twenty three years in Pakistan for a crime he didn't commit.
sfomann May 01, 2013 04:43am
This is a very unfortunate incident. Even though he was a spy and his action caused immense amount of damage to other, we as a country must follow the rules of Geneva convention and bring the perpetrator to justice. We should also release him on humanitarian grounds