LAHORE: India’s Sarabjit Singh passed away in Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on late Wednesday night.

Sarabjit Singh, who was sentenced to death 16 years ago on espionage charges, died at 1:00 am local time after lying in a comatose state for the last five days, a senior doctor at Jinnah hospital in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore told AFP.

The Principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Prof Dr Mahmood Shaukat, confirmed his death.

He said that Sarabjit’s body had been sent to the mortuary after he was removed from the ventilator.

Moreover, he said the condition of the patient was already critical because of low Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).

Another doctor treating Sarabjit said he suffered a massive heart attack which led to his death. He said the surgeons made an attempt to insert a pacemaker to bring the patient back to life, but to no avail.

The doctor who spoke to AFP said arrangements were under way for an autopsy.

Singh’s lawyer Awais Sheikh also confirmed the death and said that his body “has been moved to the hospital mortuary”.

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanded “justice” from Pakistan following Sarabjit’s death.

“The criminals responsible for the barbaric and murderous attack on Sarabjit Singh must be brought to justice,” the Indian premier said on his official Twitter page.

The prime minister added that New Delhi would make the necessary arrangements to bring his body home for funeral rites, after earlier negotiations to treat the jailed spy in India or a third country failed.

The Indian prime minister said it was “particularly regrettable” that the Pakistani government had not responded to appeals “to take a humanitarian view of this case”.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin called for Pakistan to conduct a probe into the assault on the 49-year-old.

“This was, put simply, the killing of our citizen while in the custody of Pakistan jail authorities,” Akbaruddin told India’s ANI news agency.

“The shocking attack highlights the need for concerted action by Pakistan to safeguard Indians in Pakistan prisons.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) said the body will be handed over to India after early completion of formalities.

A convicted Indian spy on death row, Singh was attacked on April 26, Friday by two inmates Amir Tanba and Mudasir in Kot Lakhpat jail when he left his barracks for a stroll.

Singh suffered severe injuries in the head when the prisoners assaulted him with bricks and other blunt weapons whereby he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital where a medical board comprising senior neurosurgeons treated him.

His family members meanwhile had flown in from India.

His family insisted he was a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border while drunk.

Four members of Singh’s family — his wife, two daughters and his sister — who travelled to Lahore on Tuesday have since returned to India, according to the Press Trust of India.

Earlier, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur told newsmen at Wagah border that she was returning to India to take care of Sarabjit’s children.

She had demanded that Pakistan should hold an inquiry as to how Sarabjit’s security was compromised and he was subsequently attacked with bricks and iron rods.

“If the attack was planned by the government itself, then there is no need for an inquiry. But if Sarabjit was attacked without the knowledge of the authorities, then an inquiry is definitely needed.”

Sarabjit’s lawyer Awais Sheikh said he would file a fresh petition in Lahore High Court (LHC).

A senior official in Delhi had said diplomats from the high commission in Islamabad were not allowed to visit Singh in hospital, and had also complained about a lack of information on the prisoner’s condition.

The Pakistan foreign ministry however insisted Indian diplomats in Lahore were given access to Singh on two occasions.

Singh had illegally crossed into Pakistan on Aug 29, 1990. He was arrested on charges of carrying out four bombings in Faisalabad, Multan and Lahore which killed 14 Pakistani citizens. He was later sentenced to death.

Singh’s security was tightened after the recent execution in India of Afzal Guru, who was convicted of involvement in the 2001 terror attack on the parliament.

Singh’s mercy petitions were rejected by courts and former President Pervez Musharraf.

The outgoing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)-led government put off Singh’s execution for an indefinite period in 2008.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned the attack on Singh as a “dastardly act” and called on the government to make a thorough inquiry into the matter and punish the guilty persons.

“The authorities have obviously failed to do their elementary duty” of providing him safety and security, the commission said in a statement.

Pakistan has charged the two suspects Amir and Mudasir with the murder of Sarabjit, officials said Thursday.

“We have added a murder clause to the police complaint,” Tariq Mehmood, a police official at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat police station, told AFP.

The two suspects were taken into custody immediately after last week’s attack.

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Comments (185)

May 2, 2013 4:30 am

Now who will save pakistanis prisoner...!

May 2, 2013 12:02 pm

Sir, he is a convicted terrorist who has killed numerous innocent people in Pakistan. All this Hullaballoo by India about his death weakens its so called tough stand against terrorism.

Vishnu Dutta
May 2, 2013 12:01 pm

Thanks for killing our man while we let your Dr Chisty go free. Difference in cultures i guess.

May 2, 2013 12:02 pm


May 2, 2013 12:20 pm

Even if Sarabjit was convicted rightfully as per the law of the land, he did deserve a dignified death. When Kasab was convicted in India, government spend crores of tax payer money on his protection and his demise was not some shady inhumane torture

Yahya Zakaria
May 2, 2013 12:26 pm

Indeed this barbaric act responsibility goes on to former PPP led collation who did not executed the perpetrator and lingered on his death sentence. Subsequently, if the state does not act properly then the people will continue to take law in their own hands. Please someone also take in consideration views and opinion of 15 Pakistanis death families whom the culprit took lives before condemning the death of the culprit. Unfortunately, all Pakistani channels are showing him as an innocent. Stop this bias attitude.

B J Krishnan
May 2, 2013 12:41 pm

His security was ineffective. He should have been released after 15 years in jail. You did not have the guts to hang him, so you arrange his murder in jail with bricks !

May 2, 2013 12:51 pm

We Chinese consider Pakistan brothers, but you need seriously look at your country. It is more lawless than Africa... take care my brother !

Saurabh Prakash
May 2, 2013 12:56 pm

Sarabjit was not hanged because the Pakistani authorities knew that he was innocent. This proves that there are still some good people in Pakistan. He was killed by those who had wrongly accused him because if he had lived then their complicity in falsely accusing him would have been exposed. This proves that there are many there who have skeletons in their cupboards. The question is whether civil society in Pakistan will stand up even now and expose these people and reclaim their country or if they will remain mute spectators at the total rape of their country from within and without. We will know in due course. I wish all the best to Imran Khan to be able to stop this madness in Pakistan.

May 2, 2013 1:03 pm

As per expectation that Pak work toward Mankind and Human-been suppose to negligible. Found out the truth what workdone by his mates in sound environment, of between two countries.

Already know the nature of Indian govt. work handling of any task is minus zero, Is prove by his masters. ! As an when we the people concern never get a rate and result. Toward mankind by both countries. We should findout our own goal by man-by-man touch.

May 2, 2013 1:10 pm

Shame on Pakistan Govt.No morals - why have Mushraff back in the country? Pakistan is a failed State.No entry on Human grounds even for Medical Treatments !!!!

Neelesh S
May 2, 2013 1:10 pm

Here is another example of fatuous politics and military problems of Pakistan .This matter shows how some people in Pakistan are barbaric .I see here military intrigue . This incident has brought shame on Pakistan .If he was hanged then no body would have questioned but this was very bad end . Already Pakistan's image is tarnished in world and this has added more to that . At least educated people from Pakistan should condemn this .People from Madrasa I can understand their zealotry .

Abdullah Hussain
May 2, 2013 1:16 pm

Those who attacked Sarabjit actually killed him, Since the killers are also awaiting execution it will be nice to complete investigation ASAP and hang them without delay. This will serve both ends.

dinesh bhardwaj
May 2, 2013 1:18 pm

calling /writting sarabjit as spy would be wrong as it had never been confirmed.

May 2, 2013 1:18 pm

A crime finally got its closure.

Haider Imtiaz
May 2, 2013 1:26 pm

I am a Pakistani and I feel ashamed. This is very tragic and condemnable. Even if he had been sentenced to death, it was the responsibility of the state to ensure the safety of his life as long as his sentence had not been executed.

Abdul Razak
May 2, 2013 1:52 pm

A foreign citizen is killed by criminal gangs while in government custody that too in a most secured prison. Very shameful to Pakistan.

May 2, 2013 2:01 pm

Apart from the blind bickering between the two neighbours, his assassins should be tried and punished. Even if he was an enemy of the state, his family has the right to his funeral rites. Let the hatred end somewhere down the road to enigmatic sloganeering and patent loyalities.

May 2, 2013 2:10 pm

Need to be hanged but he lost.. he paid for his deeds..

Harish Dunakhe
May 2, 2013 2:50 pm

Dear Dawn and fellow Pakistani Countrymen,

While it's sad to read this news, I urge you to really understand who did this and for what....

All of us, by now, know that India and Pakistan cannot be friends or neutral neighbors if we keep demanding Kashmir, keep sending terrorists and destabilize economy... It's not going to help anybody...

Pakistan needs to seriously investigate who is behind this. Was this just animosity amongst jail inmates or a conspiracy.

So, a developed Pakistan without demanding remaining Kashmir (you already have 1/3rd of it) is the need of the hour.... People of Pakistan, I think are tired of violence these non-state actors are spreading.

So guys, get the grip of your nation.... we'll also choose a strong PM here. Let's be strong and address poverty and security of our countrymen. You mind your business we mind ours.

And, please investigate Sarabjit's murder. Punish the culprits... Rest assured, India is civilized and will not attack Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails... We believe in Law & Order and honor our great civilization.

Regards Harish Dunakhe Mumbai

May 2, 2013 3:25 pm

What a shame for Pakistan. An international prisoner is attached and killed in one of the countries top Jail. On the other hand Indian has invested millions to protect Ajmal Kasab from the anger of the people because of Mumbai attacks. It can't happen without officials involvement.

May 2, 2013 3:28 pm

You just lost a lot of good will from your neighbour

May 2, 2013 3:53 pm

justice is served. Would india give us back any citizen of ours if he was caught in the same circumstances? He should have been hanged long before

May 2, 2013 4:22 pm

Why are we showing sympathy after his death ? He was a man Convicted and found Guilty of carrying out 4 bombings in Pakistan, killings loads of innocent people.

I do however regret the manner in which two inmates ganged up on him. Why was he put in that position if the government was undecided on his execution ?

India and Pakistan govt should be both ashamed in the manner of conducting covert intelligence activities - For God Sake - end this needless war and political game play. Too many innocent lives have been lost.

How many more will have to die before there is peace in the region?

May 2, 2013 4:25 pm

Government of Pakistan , cannot handle Jail also. Nation is going to become hell.

May 2, 2013 4:42 pm

If Pakistan had convicted Sarabjit, they should have hanged him fair and square, not killed him in this manner.

May 2, 2013 4:44 pm

@Oz: He was not guilty according to us, Wait for the reaction any pakistani is indian jails will face the ire of this stupidity started by pakistan

May 2, 2013 4:44 pm

Sarbajit was not a spy. He crossed the border by mistake when he was drunk. Does pakistan have proofs regarding Sarbajits involvment in blasts in 1990? On the other hand Ajmal Kasab was a terrorist and indain govt has given nymber of proofs about that. So Kasabs execution was a real justice. Even though he was a terrorist Indain govt provided him proper security, but the situation is not same in pakistan. Indain prisoners are not safe in Pakistan.

May 2, 2013 4:45 pm

Man was on deathrow for killing innocent people..he deserved to die!

May 2, 2013 4:45 pm

@Oz: im afraid too many Indian read this news papaer...that is the reason for the dislikes....I totally agree with your point.

May 2, 2013 4:49 pm

@Oz: Dude, Sarabjeet, was only falsely convicted by Pakistani government. The charges put on Sarabjeet by Pakistan were also never proved in the court! Moreover, the trial too hadn't been fair. There was no evidence of Sarabjeet found to be involved in the blast. Under the affect of the alcohol he accidently crossed the border! Moreover he was being convicted under tha name of Manjit Singh which was surely not his name! After his arrest, it took 8 days for Pakistani police to make false charges against him for the blas...Moreover the key witness of the Pakistan side even changed his statement afterwards saying that he was forced by Pakistani police to give the statement! I mean dude, you all are seeing what Pakistani government is trying to show to you..Come out of it..and know the reality! With this attitude, Pakistan has been half destroyed and is on the verge of vanishing from the world map. Wake up people. Peace

May 2, 2013 5:00 pm

till pakistan stops preaching hatred towards India and stops brainwashing young kids - it will never become progressive and prosperous. in other words, hatred is leading pakistan to failure

May 2, 2013 5:02 pm

@Oz: Sarbajit was neither a terrorist nor a spy. He was drunk when he crossed the border by mistake. But Kasab 100000000000000001% was a terrorist.

May 2, 2013 5:05 pm

Honestly, India has so much of its own meddle into neighbouring countries is too complex...and with the economic progress, no one in the country has the time for it. So there is no point trying to link India to internal rife and insurgencies of Pakistan. The fact is, no one in the Pakistan leadership is interested in the upliftment of the country. All that they are interested in is to amass wealth and exploit. They are encouraging divisive elements for their personal gains and literally everyday you have a blast killing scores...just like insects. This farce continues year after year, without any concrete measures from any you guys really believe that Sarabjit was behind the blasts...? You must be kidding yourselves...

May 2, 2013 5:15 pm

@Oz: you mean one farmer crossed the border and arranged to bomb four places in pakistan? c'mon be fair.

May 2, 2013 5:16 pm

Both Central and Maharashtra governments have spent around Rs. 29.5 crore's in four years on Ajmal Kasab to provide him food, security, medicines and clothes during his confinement in Arthur Road Central prison in Mumbai. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deployed around 250 guards for Kasab in the prison since his arrest in November 2008 till October 2012 and expenditure on this count worked out to Rs. 26 crore, sources said.

Maharashtra government spent around Rs. 3.47 crores on Kasab including food (Rs. 42,313), security (Rs. 1, 46,81,794), medicines (Rs. 39,829) and clothes (Rs. 1,878).

The state government also incurred an expenditure of Rs. 2 crores on building a bullet and bomb proof cell especially for Kasab in the Central Prison at Arthur Road.

Our Govt should have also done its bit to upheld the decision of the Judiciary and allowed our judicial mechanism to take its course..I find it hard to believe that a high priority convict was allowed to be beaten to pulp without the jail authorities noticing it..Ab to bas Allah bachaye mere mulk ko..

May 2, 2013 5:19 pm

He paid the price for his deeds. i am ashamed of Pak Govt as it handed over the body of culprit to its ancestors. He should be brried or burnt in Kot Lakhpat Jail. Did India handed over the body of Afzal Guru to Kashmiris?

May 2, 2013 5:36 pm


Even though i belong to pakistan, We (students of Al-Hamd Islamic University) agree with your comment.

Nagma, sara, Aadila, Aamaal,Heba

May 2, 2013 5:39 pm

@Jazz: This happened in 1990 when Indian economy was in tatters and Pakistan was economically and politically alot more stable than India, and if you got this myth that whatever happens in Indian territory is due to Pakistan and Indians never do anything on Pakistan soil then you need to wake up. It takes two to tango dude!

I feel sorry for this chap and infact sorry for our people who will never learn anything due to lack of education. Why can't we shake hands and get on our busienss than plotting bombings here and there.

May 2, 2013 5:42 pm


Wow, were you checking their ID's or got into their heads to know who was a terrorist and who was a drunken guy? Grow up dude, both were involved and though I do condemn this brutal murder, I have no doubts that Indian spies are as much involved in Pakistan as probably the other way around.

May 2, 2013 5:44 pm

@Vijay: We neva saw Kasabs family or an interview with his family members throughout this episode. Do you know any biodata of his family so please pass it on so we can make sure that he was infact a Pakistani and from some real village.

May 2, 2013 6:03 pm

@Rahul: What's the point of making this an India Pak war? This could have happened to any prisioner irrespective of his nationality coz the people sitting in prision are just humans by name.

May 2, 2013 6:45 pm

@Omer: what are you trying to imply that Kasab was not a pakistani?

May 2, 2013 6:56 pm

@Patriot:From now on body bags only.....

Chittar Kumar
May 2, 2013 6:56 pm

@Patriot: Hanged for what? Did you look at the cirumstances of the case? Your justice system is a farce. Imagine advocates garlanding the killer of your own governor! Or innocent Christians tortured/killed in jail on some flimsy blasphemy charges and your judiciary and police in full connivance. Go to wiki and check Sarabjit. The case was flawed. Death penalty has to be given only if there is 100% proof (like Kasab). What about the zillions of Shias and others killed by your good brothers, the Taliban? How many Taliban folks have you guys executed? Have you the guts? I guess not! Anyway, don't be surprised if now the same lynching starts in India.

Chittar Kumar
May 2, 2013 6:59 pm

@Oz: Did you look at the case? Look at wiki on Sarabjit and see how flawed the case was. Zulfikar Bhutto was executed by your courts on flimsy grounds but show me one case of a Taliban guy getting executed. If street justice is what you strive for, then feel free to look for dark ages.

Chittar Kumar
May 2, 2013 6:59 pm

@Omer: Get yourself educated. Kasab's family was interviewed on TV. Try 'Google' if you like.

May 2, 2013 7:05 pm


May 2, 2013 7:20 pm


Shame on u guys, you are unnecessarily trying to hide the truth or forcing indians to accept the wrong thing. Give me single proof that pakistan govt has proved the involment of sarbajit in bomb blasts in 1990. I am feeling bad that pakistani youth is not matured as India. Please think properly and then comment.

May 2, 2013 7:28 pm

@Patriot: 1. I believe you have forgotten the case of Khalil chisti, who despite being convicted of murder was released, simply on humanitarian grounds. 2. Pakistanis always say we want friendship with India but their actions always belie what they speak

May 2, 2013 9:37 pm

@Hayer: Yes,This is the difference between I ndian and pakistani goverment.

May 2, 2013 9:39 pm

@Hayer: Yes,This is the difference between Indian and pakistani government.

May 2, 2013 10:01 pm

Its a matter of shame and barbarism , if he was convict then he has to be hanged till death but if not an inosent human was brutually killed without any mistake , I want to ask Pakistan Govt. this is how u keep person in ur jail , Do u really have jail or just slaughter house where humans specially Indians were killed like goats and chiken eg Sarabjeet singh and chamel singh

May 2, 2013 10:08 pm

@Usman: Very well put. If he was guilty, he should have been hanged immediately. The fact that he was not shows that even the Pakistani authorities had serious doubts about the same. Anyway he served 22 years !!!! Justice delayed is justice denied.

Vanavaram D K
May 2, 2013 10:09 pm

Hi Everyone,

Indeed it's difficult to digest as a convict was not given proper security in a jail. I request the people of Pakistan to end this ENVY as this is not going to help the new generation in anyway. Pls do not encourage this type of attitude.

May 2, 2013 10:21 pm

@Iman: This kind of things do happen in here in US. It is so common here in US jails. Can you expect this in US.

May 2, 2013 10:33 pm

Family of Sarabjit should ask compensation from the govt. of Pakistan as it has failed to protect his life in jail which goes against Article 9 of Constitution of Pakistan which says "No person shall be deprived of life or liberty saves in accordance with law".

umar singh
May 2, 2013 11:11 pm

@Omer: Indeed we need cooperation for survival of our common blood since we have lost a lot in the past because of the blunders of of our political AAKAAS.

May 2, 2013 11:43 pm

By wrongly punishing Sarbajit who was neither a terrorist nor a spy, Pakistan gave clean chit to real culprits. Due to this failure of Pak Govt. , the really terrorists who might have definitely killed thousands of more pakistanis by blast or other ways enjoyed at the cost of innocents in Pakistan. Sarbajit was drunk when he crossed the border by mistake. Unfortunate. But He will be at peace at Heaven.

Pakistani citizens, please notice this

May 3, 2013 12:27 am

Those who have commented on my post, thanks. Please read the full statement before starting to finger point.

I have said that the manner in which he was treated was regrettable!

What I have also said is that it is entirely true that both India and Pakistan govts are involved in state terrorism inside each others boundaries. Those who are asking for facts should go and hunt piles of evidence provided to United Nations and other bigger international forums.

Every other day 600 kg bombs are exploding here, would someone care to explain where are the uneducated Taliban militants getting their hands on them in such large quantity ?

Would someone care to explain the genocide that continued for a long time in Kashmir ?

I consider myself a human before anything and I feel extremely sorry for the loss of any human life any where on this planet. What we all need to do is Join Hands to root out state sponsored terrorism on either sides. I hope people will read and understand my comments in the big picture. Peace

May 3, 2013 1:08 am

@Yahya Zakaria: Be rational. How can one person bomb four cities in Pakistan? How can he carry that many bombs? What was his alcohol level at the time of arrest?

May 3, 2013 1:41 am

@Abdullah Hussain: They should not be hanged - that would be too easy a punishment, and no different from what they originally had. They deserve much worse for brutally killing a human being, innocent or guilty.

May 3, 2013 1:43 am

how can a single man with no arms can put bombs in three different cities! open your minds pakis, if u believe & support this lies then only god can save pakistan..!

May 3, 2013 3:44 am

@Haider Imtiaz: we respect people like u..

May 3, 2013 3:53 am

@SDS: dude...what proof ur country had to say he s behind d bomb blast?is he coz he was found in ur side of border.ur national,shaukat ali was d prime witness of the blast who was a 14 yr old boy he came into the media saying,it was in the court he had seen sarabjit for the first time and it was asked by the pakistani officials to say that it was him who planted the bomb.he is asking god and his family for forgiveness for the mistake he had done which led a poor man to death.

May 3, 2013 4:16 am

Read this statement and it says it all- "Pakistan needs to find a reason for its existence. It needs to stop defining itself by hating India, Indians, non-Muslims." Also look at the Pew study. Muslims around the world are radicalized and yet no one in their own community stands up and cleans up. If outsiders come to clean mess, Pak complaints. So, they must focus on education, secularism, and shared space in the world instead of radicalizing their own children and raising them on hatred. Any society where parents, siblings themselves send their children, their siblings to terrorism is not fit for humanity. All Muslims may not be terrorists, but 99% terrorists are Muslims, and most Muslims support terrorism. Accept the facts. That is the first step to clean up the rot that defines avg Pak citizen or for that matter avg Muslim today. Pak people also need to stop being uneducated and ignorant. Start being peaceful and loving- it is a better and far easier option. Stop hating yourself and others. Pakistan killed not just an Indian or a non-Muslim, pakistan killed humanity, last bit of hope in that country. Moderates, if any, need to start talking, stand up and get counted.

Tariq Khan
May 3, 2013 5:35 am

well he was a spy and there is no international law against one.. plus, u really think the neighbor country is keeping our prisoners safe ? they didn't even issued the list of the ppl they detained.. still many are listed as missing who crossed border by mistake..

May 3, 2013 7:11 am

A prisoner awarded with death sentence is kept in isolation in high security cell. How come Bricks, Sharpeners, Blades etc. reached the place of attack ? Killing a person in custody is a crime which has been committed in Kot Lakhpat jail and the government of Pakistan is responsible for that.They must ne penalized as per the law. Will the government of Pakistan will call upon the International Institution for a neutral investigation of Sarabjit's Death case as they use to demand for cases viz. Kashmir etc.

May 3, 2013 7:35 am

@Oz: The problem is the cowardly manner in which he was killed. If Pakistan deemed him to be terrorist why was he not hanged for 16 years? And even if he was to be killed why such cowardly death, why not hang him and follow the process of law? This could either mean that Pakistan govt is too afraid to carry out the sentence or was not convinced. It could also mean that such nefarious elements can do what they wish in a supposedly high security prison and still not named and shamed or prosecuted. India formally executed its terrorists who were proven beyond doubt about their involvement in mass murder we didnt lynch them nor did we allow that. this is the difference which everyone is deploring.

Haramullah Kafiruddin
May 3, 2013 7:45 am

@fahad: Thanks for the natural justice provided to Sarabjit.

Haramullah Kafiruddin
May 3, 2013 7:46 am

@Patriot: Yes sir, "justice" is served in a natural way. God bless your justice system then.

Haramullah Kafiruddin
May 3, 2013 7:49 am

@don: in a great natural way in Pakistani style the justice is delivered.

Haramullah Kafiruddin
May 3, 2013 7:52 am

@NS: Shame for what, its the way justice is served in Pakistan.

raja hindustani
May 3, 2013 8:20 am

@Omer: OMG, I just can't believe that even after admission of your govt and your security agency that kasab was pakistani national, few of people like you behaving like Ostrich. Wake up Pal. tomorrow you may not admit even existence of any terrorists inside pakistan. ;)

May 3, 2013 9:01 am

This is an extra-judicial murder. Only the govt of Pakistan had a right to hang Sarabjit as per the court's and honourable judge's orders. Until such a time, it was the jail and prison authorities' responsibility to see that he was safe while under their custody (not just because he was Indian but also because Pakistan "saw him as a threat to their country"). This is a systemic failure, and the least Pakistan can do is to show that they are committed to a democratic and humane way of functioning. The more time Pakistan wastes in pandering to communal and nationalistic sentiments, the state itself gets undermined.

If high profile prisoners cannot be safe in custody, what about the common man in Pakistan?

May 3, 2013 9:24 am

Shame for the Government of Pakistan.. Hope they be HUMANS before the country dies!!

May 3, 2013 9:45 am

@Omer: True to some extent. It could have happened to anyone in the jail irrespective of their nationalities. But considering the history and relationship that exists between Pak and India, the possibility of Indian prisoners at risk in Pak jails is more likely.

May 3, 2013 9:45 am

@fahad: Here also , Indians are ahead.

May 3, 2013 9:47 am

@Zafar: Wow! So much animosity!

May 3, 2013 9:51 am

@Patriot: Justice would have been served if the allegations were proven to be true and the Pak court would impose a punishment for the same. What happened is just murder!

May 3, 2013 9:54 am

@Charu: You are absolutely right. If Sarabjit was indeed guilty of what he has been accused of, then the Pak courts should have taken appropriate punishment as they deemed right. Afzal Guru and Kasab were hanged to death per the court verdict and not in such a fishy/shady manner.

May 3, 2013 9:54 am

@fahad: Do you have faith in your own justice and legal system? If you were ever entangled under a false charge or misunderstanding, would you be able to get out alive?

May 3, 2013 9:58 am

@Vakil: Going to? It is already hell

May 3, 2013 10:19 am

@Indian: This individual was a spy and admitted to it as well. Just like the other indian spy who kept on saying he was innocent but as soon as he was released on humanitarian grounds he admitted spying for India.

May 3, 2013 10:21 am

@Rahul: As if you treat them well in the first place.

May 3, 2013 10:32 am

@Vishnu Dutta: Dont mix apples and oranges. Difference in brain power i guess.

May 3, 2013 10:41 am

@B J Krishnan: You dont have the guts to admit that he was a spy. Pathetic.

Well Wisher
May 3, 2013 10:41 am

@Yahya Zakaria: Your statement "Unfortunately, all Pakistani channels are showing him as an innocent" - is like a frog knowledge who live in limited well. It don't know that there are other also outside of the well. My Dear look at news paper of other country. You people are in pity situation since 1800.

BTW, India has capacity to digest this sad incident but you don't have the same capacity and strength. Time will come for you side people. Best of Luck!

May 3, 2013 10:50 am

@Omer: "Lets see whether same statements come from your kind's mouth when same thing happens with your kind of people. I guess it will. Terrorist has simply mad you people heartless and inhuman. Such a pity."

May 3, 2013 10:58 am

@Patriot: Hanged under law of the land and not "Killed"! There's a huge difference and this difference between India and Pakistan says it all!

May 3, 2013 11:05 am

@fahad: @Oz I repeat my earlier comment to all you Pakistanis who think the brutal Killing of Sarabjeet is justified!

The only point, we Indians are trying to make is, you could have hanged Sarabjeet for his crimes, if he was found guilty, under the prevailing laws of your country and we would have accepted it, but that didn't happened and you instead, killed the man brutally when he was helpless and in your custody!

Our grievance is how human, civil, lawful, and brave is that!

...And that's all about it! Honestly, you as a nation and our neighbours seriously leave us Indians hopeless and speechless!

May 3, 2013 11:34 am

This looks like an intended action by the govt. of pak, to have Sarabjit accommodated with the other death row inmates. It is a master plan by the govt, to have him killed. It is utter shame on the govt's part and the whole thing looks like a long planned execution. Sarabjit amar rahe!

May 3, 2013 11:49 am

@Harish Dunakhe: Hate to burst your bubble but the so called 'civilised India' will react in the same way. Indians need to realise that they are not all innocent and have done their fair share in interfering in our affairs and unfortunately will continue to do so. This peace and all that is a two way traffic and India needs to clear its own mess first before it tries to take the high moral ground. We are willing to meet half way. Few years ago an Indian was released on humanitarian grounds and as soon as he landed in India he admitted that he was a spy. We believe in mutual coexistance provided India plays fair and honestly.

May 3, 2013 1:48 pm

@Omer: Now a Pakistani prisoner in India has been attacked the same way Sarabjit was. When will these tit-for-tat actions stop? Grow up, be like sensible Western democracies!

Pakistan seems to have mortgaged its development, its progress and its social upliftment solely upon its fixation on a small piece of land called Kashmir valley, is it worth the price? It must stop all its anti-India activities, at all levels and instead concentrate on progress within the country. India should do likewise. India being the much bigger and economically stronger neighbour can afford to be magnanimous in its approach.


May 3, 2013 1:52 pm

@Omer: pakistan was stable wn dude since its inception as a country this year only for the very first time an elected government has completed its five year term. Pakistan has been surviving on the mercy( donation) from USA and UN.

May 3, 2013 3:10 pm

Will Pak pay for There sorrow ?

May 3, 2013 4:19 pm

@Omer: Check out the archives of Dawn. You will find sufficient proof as to where Kasab was from.

May 3, 2013 4:57 pm


when you can prove in the court, you get killed. This is how law and order works in Pakistan. Pakistan is a barbaric, stone age, radicalized, savage, communal society. We cannot expect anything better from them when Pakistan do not even consider Pakistanis as humans.

May 3, 2013 5:42 pm

@Rahul: It has started one prisoner is attacked in jammu jail. Well wer are not to blame they started it as usual.

May 3, 2013 6:26 pm

may god forgive them. they do not know that what they done.( perhaps god also left pakistan seeing the lawless anarchy)

May 3, 2013 7:32 pm

@Zafar: When Ajmal Kasab body was offered to Pak, you didn't accept it. Why?

May 3, 2013 7:57 pm

Listen to this statement

May 3, 2013 8:42 pm

@Omer: India was in trouble alright. Pakistan was not stable by any means in 1990. Just to refresh your memory. 1988 Zia was assassinated. Benazir became PM after that. Then her Govt was dismissed by Ghulam Ishaq Khan. This was followed by Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi's Govt. Then Nawaz Sharif took over in late 1990. All this in a period of two years. As far as economy goes, Pakistan had started to hit road block with Pressler amendments in 1989. And then there were Afghan refugees. Pakistan started to get into crisis in 1990. India slowly started to come out of it. Whole of 1990s was troubled times for Pakistan

May 3, 2013 10:23 pm

@Zafar: Why do you worry about afzal guru .as far as i remember you lot weren't even ready to take back the body kasab

May 3, 2013 10:45 pm

@Chittar Kumar: I don't think my point has still reached you. I have not said anywhere that I am supportive of Talibaan actions or the judicial crimes committed by the Establishment, that includes the Judiciary. The only area that is not corrupt is the Army, which why a majority of middle class prefers such rule.

As far as the action is concerned, I condemn it. As for the political games and point scoring, I think the reality is far from what you think. How about I just say India is always right... probably, this is going to make you happy.? It is still not going to change the fact that India has been fuel terror in Pakistan, just as Pakistan has been fueling terror there.. both countries have a majority immature political mafia, ruling the educated few.

May 4, 2013 2:25 am

@Divya: I am going to end this here, right now, I DID NOT SAY HIS KILLING WAS JUSTIFIED!!!

You folks hear.understand and perceive what ever you want to perceive. Read the whole response before jumping to conclusions.

May 4, 2013 2:47 am

Not a good thing to spying in other countries. You spy you pay.

May 4, 2013 11:32 am

@Girish: and what about india where 5 year girls are raped,,,,,and people like afzal guru are hanged at least the government of pakistan had the stomach to finish his death sentence,,,,,joooo howa teeek howa

Bally Singh
May 4, 2013 12:42 pm

The intentions of Pakistan Government towards Indians is very transparent . By these actions they shall further encourage and fan the fire of hatred between the citizens of both the countries. Pakistan Governmnet thrives on hatred , violence & Terrorism . They do not have a real vision to modernise Pakistan. O' People of Pakistan ! Introspect yourselves and ask yourself as to what difference has been made to your lives and how much you all have grown in terms of intellect, prosperity, peace and wisdom - ever since Pakistan was born . Think and Think hard ! It is never too late to change and do something good and leave a legacy that the future generations will be thankful for . May Allah enlighten you all . God Bless !

May 4, 2013 6:54 pm

@Sam: What is your real name, is it Samandar Singh? India has been spying and financing terrorism in Pakistan since 1947. Why don't you people chill out and do what you do best sing and dance and stay out of Pakistan's internal affairs?

May 4, 2013 6:59 pm

Well Pakistani's we have given a fitting reply one of yours is dying there will be more soon.

May 1, 2013 11:08 pm
One more innocent minority in Pakistan gone. Except in this case, he was in custody, under the direct protection of the state! What then is the reason for hope for any Hindu in Pakistan?
Shahryar Shirazi
May 1, 2013 8:41 pm
What a shameful situation for us :(
Karachi Wala
May 1, 2013 8:41 pm
Inmates have taken charge. Soon we will have no need for courts and judiciary.
May 2, 2013 6:40 am
May 2, 2013 12:14 pm
Heart felt condolences to Sarbjit and his family. Pakistan has proven its if efficient systems, its real intentions again. International community should make a note of this and make sure the culprits are punished.
May 1, 2013 9:49 pm
Your headline suggests as if he was suffering from some disease.He did not loose his battle for life he was murdered by most barbaric people on the face of this earth. Shame on Pakistan.
May 2, 2013 6:33 am
Isn't it a shame if we compare how Ajmal Kasab was treated in India vs how we treated Sarabjit
May 2, 2013 6:51 am
Pakistan could have shown more character either by hanging him (as determined by the judiciary of Pakistan) or by releasing him and sending back to India. I am not going into weather or not it was a case of mistaken identity (though a lot remains to be answered with even the key witness admitting that he was forced into his statement). But by taking the path of having him killed inside a prison (surprise: even after heightened security post hanging of Afzal Guru) after 20 years of anguish by family, it has shown that it seems to have deteriorated even lower than a spineless Indian government. Heart goes out to those prisoners locked up on either side of the border who are innocent but are being a victim of political games played at both sides.
May 2, 2013 6:30 am
A terrorist sent by India who killed 14 people and caused untold misary to many more humans is dead. I will not lose any sleep anytime soon.
May 2, 2013 6:25 am
India must drag Pakistan to International Human Rights Courts +++++++++++++++++++++++++ Pakistan must be taught a lesson !
May 2, 2013 6:24 am
A penalty of spying is death and that's what he got !! Natural or un natural. India should stop its Hippocratic behavior.
May 2, 2013 6:17 am
Justice and due process must prevail even if it is enemy combatant.
Virgo (@Virgoseo)
May 2, 2013 6:15 am
R.I.P Sarabjit... R.I.P indo-pak relations... Long-Live Patriotism (Racism) & Rivalry.....
Sona koyo
May 2, 2013 6:11 am
Very sad and tragic event. Sad to see how low a life is valued today in the subcontinent.
May 2, 2013 6:09 am
I fail to understand why Pakistani media is giving so much importance and "breaking news" coverage to a "convict". It is understandable that Indian people and media is 'beating drums' as he was an Indian but why our media ?? He is not a cover page story !!! He is a small news item that should be there in the 'inside pages' If our media had not given that level of coverage the Indians might have not known who is 'Sarabjit Singh'. After all it is difficult to remember every Indian out of 1 billion+ Indians. These type of incidents are normal everywhere in the world and we come across news of jail inmates getting into scuffles/fights but no one gives those news "BREAKING NEWS" status Whatever happened to him in the jail was extremely bad and the attackers should be dealt as per law. One should not forget that he was not so INNOCENT !!!!
May 2, 2013 6:06 am
Security lapse and brutal incident of killing.
Vivek Gupta
May 1, 2013 9:33 pm
a sad end if it was mistaken identity... sad cruelty and mockery of justice system.. I hope elections brings the change in Pakistan and millions of people find new hope...
Hasnain Haque
May 1, 2013 9:39 pm
Whatever your views. this shows that Pakistan cannot even guarantee the security of a man imprisoned in their country. How can they offer security to their own people when they could not even take care of a man in custody. This is another nail in Pakistan's coffin, what this proves that all law and order has broken down in every aspect of Pakistani life.Shame really
May 2, 2013 6:00 am
It would have been foolish to expect otherwise.
May 2, 2013 6:01 am
Every international prisoner must have different cell from others prisoners according to the case history and nature of the crime , like India provided Kasab ...and spend millions of Rs on him . It's sad . RIP
durprakash bhattal
May 2, 2013 6:02 am
Shame on pakistan govt who couldnt provide security to him and shame on Indian govt who didnt do anything for his release
May 2, 2013 5:58 am
In my opinion we should bury Sarabjit in Pakistan and not hand over to India. I said so because I have seen conditions of the Pakistani Prisoners which were sent back by India. Most of Pakistanis sent back by India have lost their memory and/or are a psychological patient. Should not return the body untill and unless India agrees on humane treatment of Pakistani Prisoners in India.
Muhammad Shahzad
May 2, 2013 5:57 am
why we are apologetic, he had confessed his crime and we should have hanged him like ajmal kasab
May 2, 2013 5:56 am
The question on whether Sarabjit was a 'Spy' or not is debatable and the law of land takes its course. However any civil society has a basic benchmark on how a human being is treated. To simply say that a prisoner on a high security prison secured by armed guards was hurt.. and grievously hurt so much so that these armed guards could not stop the attack is strange. Now each country would up the ante and even the minority of people who fought (and succeeded in freeing) cases such as that of Dr Khalil Chisti would be forced to go silent. In the whole scheme of things a life lost may not be big for Pakistan or India (who lose thousands fighting wars), but these lives were not meant to be lost for the ego of two nations.
Syed Karim Moulana
May 2, 2013 5:48 am
It is highly cowardy act on the part of Pakistan to carry out such a barbaric act on the innocent Indian prisoner..
Gopal Patel
May 2, 2013 5:46 am
If the murder has been carried out at the behest of state actors, which is apparent.,then the probe cannot be fair.
May 2, 2013 5:44 am
Murder of another countries citizens when in jail and under the protection of GOP is highly condemnable. In one month both Chumail Singh and Sarabjit were viciously attacked, in one case by those jail wardens supposed to protect them. Hate seems to have permeated every pore in the nation.
May 2, 2013 5:43 am
He shouldn't have died this way. If he was convicted of espionage and terrorism then there was no reason to pardon him. But this is not right.
May 2, 2013 5:41 am
Pakistan is Coward Nation, this has been proven.....
May 1, 2013 9:06 pm
it said attacked by 6 inmates the other day, now its 2, unlucky 2 to be picked
May 1, 2013 9:06 pm
I would sincerely request our neighbours to please had over his body to his family so that thay can perform the last rites.
Being Human
May 1, 2013 9:52 pm
What else can be expected from Pakistan.
May 2, 2013 5:39 am
Justice has already been done.
May 2, 2013 5:41 am
All this hue and cry from Indian government and Pakistan authorities lips are sealed.
javed Helali
May 1, 2013 9:12 pm
anything done about the attackers? what was the reason for the attack? javed helali
May 2, 2013 5:29 am
Pakistan is a failed country. Only this could have been expected from it.
May 2, 2013 5:32 am
Very sad...
May 2, 2013 5:33 am
This has been shown by Pakistan that what the land of Pak means ..... it was really a shameless job done by the Pakistanis, there is no humanitarian left..... I really wish that some day they would realise about the things they have done till now.....
May 2, 2013 5:23 am
pak once again proved that they are failed
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
May 2, 2013 5:14 am
One more chapter between Sikh and Muslim's tension.
May 2, 2013 5:01 am
He got the reward of his deeds..Alas! we could not hanged him..
May 2, 2013 5:03 am
Indian PM wants justice ! from Pakistani Authorities ? Good Luck PM Sir !!
May 2, 2013 4:58 am
Following sentence is not true : Earlier, Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur told newsmen at Wagah border that she was returning to India to take care of Sarabjit’s children.
shahjahanbhattiShahjahan Bhatti
May 2, 2013 2:51 am
Jail authorities as well as medics are responsible for this murder. They must be punished. He was awarded death sentence without a transparent trial.
May 2, 2013 1:56 am
He should have been given a death sentence instead of murdering him via jail inmates.
May 2, 2013 1:59 am
Rest in Peace
Jagjit Singh Sidhoo
May 2, 2013 2:03 am
May 1, 2013 8:43 pm
May 2, 2013 1:52 am
He was already a dead man when he came into the hands of pakistani authorities....shame on pakistan
Mohinder sandhu
May 2, 2013 1:31 am
How much more uncivilized one can get, beating a person to death.Pakistan has lost its bargaining chip.Relations will further go down.I don't know if pakistan really care,it does not have good relations with any country in the world.
May 2, 2013 1:31 am
Very sad for the family.
M. Saeed Awan
May 2, 2013 1:27 am
A bad news in perspective of Indo Pak relations.
May 2, 2013 1:27 am
shame on Pakistan........and offcourse on Congress govt of India for letting this happen
May 2, 2013 1:20 am
Whatever his crimes, he did not deserve to die this way. This is a shameful episode for Pakistan.
Baighairat Kafir
May 1, 2013 8:47 pm
With Sarabjit, humanity has once again died in Pakistan. Shame on this nation and its people
May 1, 2013 8:48 pm
May he rest in peace what he could not achieve while alive.
May 1, 2013 8:51 pm
Pakistan is a messed up country! Its end is inevitable! Sarabjeet was an innocent. Victim of mistaken identity. RIP!
May 1, 2013 8:52 pm
May his soul rest in peace..sad ending for this poor guy.
May 1, 2013 8:53 pm
Syed Ahmed
May 2, 2013 1:08 am
Sad! The government couldn't dispense justice, nature did.
What's going on?
May 2, 2013 1:00 am
Marvin (Edmonton, Canada)
May 2, 2013 1:01 am
Sarabjit Singh loses battle for life.......No he was not given a chance to survive....Shame on Pakistan.
May 2, 2013 12:41 am
Have you ever got to see how poor his family is?? For years they had been fighting for his release. If he really is a RAW agent don't you think they would have been better looked after?? Have some humanity people or least some common sense...
May 2, 2013 12:47 am
Prisoner executed by two prisoners. Those two prisoners should be executed as well.
May 2, 2013 12:51 am
They should have sent him back.
May 2, 2013 12:37 am
It is an act of revenge. Cheap government and worst governance.
May 2, 2013 12:16 am
RIP. Maybe he was a spy, and maybe he was not. But he had served over 22 years in jail, and deserved a fair treatment.
May 2, 2013 12:11 am
Criminals deserve harsh punishments for killing innocent civilians!
May 1, 2013 11:54 pm
Shame on Pakistan.
May 1, 2013 11:45 pm
If not officially, Pakistan killed Sarabjit in the end.
A Canadian of Indian origin
May 1, 2013 11:37 pm
A sad day for Pakistan as well as India.
Usman Chaudhri
May 1, 2013 10:22 pm
This is to be condemned. I think more than anything else our Jail's need to be made more secure and safety of prisoners should be ensured. The perpetrators of this incident should be seriously punished.
May 1, 2013 10:00 pm
Disappointed #fromIndia
May 1, 2013 9:56 pm
Shame on Pakistan for killing this man. The Mumbai attacks demonstrated the horrible side of Pakistan, and this killing reinforces it.
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