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Sanaullah Haq, who was serving a life term, plays a bagpipe during a routine practice inside Kotbhalwal central jail in Jammu in this May 20, 2011. — File photo
Sanaullah Haq, who was serving a life term, plays a bagpipe during a routine practice inside Kotbhalwal central jail in Jammu in this May 20, 2011. — File photo

NEW DELHI: Sanaullah Haq, the Pakistani prisoner who was attacked in an India prison in Jammu last week, died in the Chandigarh Hospital on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

Doctors treating Sanaullah Ranjay at a government hospital in Chandigarh said the 52-year-old died of multiple organ failure after suffering severe head injuries in last week's attack at a prison in the northern city of Jammu.

The hospital would hand over the body to two of his relatives who had arrived in India on Tuesday “as per the instructions of the government”, the doctor added.

The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim majority state, announced that an inquiry would be held into the May 3 attack on Ranjay, calling it a “matter of deep regret”.

But Pakistani officials said they would not be satisfied by an Indian inquiry into the “extra-judicial killing”, calling instead for an international-level investigation.

In a statement, the hospital said Ranjay had been declared dead at around 7:00am.

“He had multiple organ failure due to severe head injury. The team of doctors headed by Prof Y.K.Batra tried their best to revive him,” it said.

One of his doctors told AFP on condition of anonymity that Ranjay had died after suffering renal failure on Wednesday night.

A spokesman for the Pakistan High Commission said that the Indian government had been asked to immediately release and repatriate the body.

“We are in a shock and deep grief over this barbaric act,” the spokesman Manzoor Ali Memon told AFP.

“This is an extra-judicial killing of an innocent citizen of Pakistan right under the noses of the Indian jail authorities.

“We have demanded an inquiry of international level to find out the culprits and expose the connivance.”

The Pakistani foreign ministry said that the “brutal” attack was “a matter of deep concern” to the government in Islamabad.

“We have conveyed our concern to the government of India in this regard and demanded that an investigation into the incident be held and perpetrators of this heinous crime be brought to justice,” it said in a statement.

“The prime minister of Pakistan has also called upon the government of India to ensure the safety and security of all Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails,” it added.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised that those responsible for Ranjay's death would be held accountable.

“While the inquiry will fix responsibility for any dereliction of duty, the fact that this happening at all is a matter of great regret,” he wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, Doctors at PGI Chandigarh issued the report over the condition of Sanaullah Haq according to which the attacked prisoner was in a brain-dead state.

Sanaullah, who was convicted by an Indian court for involvement in separatist activities in the disputed Kashmir region, was attacked in an Indian prison by a court-martialled Indian soldier in retaliation to a similar incident in a Pakistani jail where some prisoners attacked Sarabjit Singh, who was a deathrow inmate in Pakistan convicted for terrorism charges related to a bombing in Faisalabad that had killed 14 people in 1990.

Moreover, the two family members of Sanaullah, had reached India on Tuesday after being granted permission from Indian officials.

The two family members were arrived in Chandigarh via the Wagah-Attari border, according to a statement by the Pakistan High Commission. His two teenage sons were not able to receive visas because they both don't have ID cards.

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AHMED May 09, 2013 08:38am

Sanaullah Haq is a true hero!!! May Allah rest his soul in peace....Ameen!!!

Sandy May 09, 2013 08:42am

Many thanks to doctor's team who were fighting to save the Sanaullah...But this is the strong message to Pakistan that we can also believe on "TIT FOR TAT"...If you want peace then let others too have rights to have their life with peace....RIP SANAULLAH

Amit-Atlanta-USA May 09, 2013 08:44am

While it's unfortunate that the helpless Sanaull Haq had succumbed, it's deeply understandable given the prevailing anger in India.

Hope Pakistan learns from this!

QSunil May 09, 2013 08:54am

His death sentence was signed by ISI when they decided that they could kill Sarabjit Singh with impunity. Hopefully, someday civilians will actually control Pakistan, and then it will be truly "civilized".

Ajit Kumar Das May 09, 2013 09:01am

It is extremely sad. This tit for tat involving hapless prisoners is highly condemnable. Both India and Pakistan should provide adequate security measure within jail premises so that such unfortunate incidents can be avoided in future. A.K. Das, India.

Visitor May 09, 2013 09:07am

May Allah rest his soul in peace and give place in Jannah.

Why there is no such furore now by our government like the one created by Indian government even though the indian prisoner was rightly convicted for killing innocent people

Double standards shown by whole world

Dattatraya May 09, 2013 09:07am

this one is failure of both nations.

Riaz May 09, 2013 09:12am

May Allah(SWT) give you a place in Janna and forgive all your sins.(ameen)

Rajat Bhalla May 09, 2013 09:19am

Well done Indians May 09, 2013 09:22am

****May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.****

Scewin May 09, 2013 09:23am

Good news, some useless burden is removed...

bobs May 09, 2013 09:25am

This is so sad..Two people died because of no reason..It was not a good judgement by indians inmates, who were supported definitely by police and politician for this heinous crime. Neither sarabjeet or this man deserved it. So sad to read this . If sarabjeet was guilty he should have been hanged by Pakistani authority and this man should have finished his sentence and go back to pakistan

Ejaz Ali May 09, 2013 09:33am

Cold hearted reporting by DAWN. I never felt betrayed and ashamed but today by my own newspaper.

Alan May 09, 2013 09:33am


Deepak May 09, 2013 09:38am

Pakistan killed Sanaullah, if you can kill Sarabjit then how u expect ur man will be safe in India, it's just tit for tat. If u wouldn't killed Sarabjit then Sanaullah would b alive between us. It's Pakistan which killed Sanaullah

Ali May 09, 2013 09:41am

What happened in Pakistan was sad but what happened in India is shameful.

Gnazi May 09, 2013 09:45am

In the last para: two family members were arrived....correct it please. Removed the we're

Vijay Dwivedi May 09, 2013 10:06am

RIP to him..Comman man of both the countries face because of the dirty politics and corrupt politicians

manoj jadhav May 09, 2013 10:07am

Tit for tat.....

RSharma May 09, 2013 10:08am

Sad News! How unfortunate to kill a person!
An Indian!

NS May 09, 2013 10:15am

I am indian and this is Disgraceful and Unacceptable.. Rest in Peace Sanaullah and Sarabjit and may the attackers get charged with murder and pay with the punishment for that.

Aruni Basu May 09, 2013 10:16am


aatish May 09, 2013 10:18am

this is extremely unfortunate the senseless attacks on both the prisoners brings to focus how incapable the authorities are in stemming such crimes of hatred which create even more animosity between the people damaging all peacemaking efforts.

Jared Galero May 09, 2013 10:20am

Catch hold of that Arnab Goswami (BJP stooge) of the Indian TV channel called Times Now and scream down your questions at that fellow. Demand answers from that BJP pawn.

Satish May 09, 2013 10:20am

It is very sad Pakistani Prisoner dies in Indian Jail.

mollah omar May 09, 2013 10:24am

good to see that.tit for tat.....more to cum........

suhail May 09, 2013 10:33am

Allah isse jannatul firdous ata kare... ye zalim loog to musalmaaanon ko maarne par tule hain... par sharam aani chaiye pakistan ke musalmanoon ,musalmanon ki aksariyat hone ke bawajood fir bhi islami Haqomat kayam nahin karsakhte, agar aaj pakistan ka musalmaan Allah ke nazil karda Qanoonon par chalta to kisi country mai itni himmat nhi hoti ki kisi musalman ko Qatal karte

FAM May 09, 2013 10:33am

Where is Asma Jahangir now? Why is she silent? Isnt this human rights violation?

Prakash Rao May 09, 2013 10:34am

Very Sad. I wish and hope this kind of madness stops.

ro May 09, 2013 10:38am

Sanaullah separatist and Sarabjit terrorist??

A R Khan May 09, 2013 10:40am

Aman Ka Tamasha....

ROHIT PANDEY May 09, 2013 10:41am

Shameful episode,really..tit for tat retaliation is a number of notches down the civilization ladder!

Naga May 09, 2013 10:44am

Another scape goat.

Salim May 09, 2013 10:48am


john May 09, 2013 10:51am

deliverance ...........

John May 09, 2013 10:54am

Our deepest condolence to the family - From a true Indian

rk May 09, 2013 11:18am

As a human being I am ashamed and highly reject this barbaric act

CKAPOOR May 09, 2013 11:20am

Extremely bad news on our part!!

this TIT for TAT revenge is not leading us anywhere. Yes, what was done to Sarbjeet was wrong but what we did was equally wrong.

I am sorry as an Indian.

Hopefully this does not start a whole new sad chapter in our traumatic history which is completely unnecessary.

ikuk May 09, 2013 11:28am

This is good news

Mohit May 09, 2013 11:57am

Both Sarabjit and Sanaullah were victims of Dirty polictics from both sides. Both were burtually attack in prision causing servere Head injuries. But the strange thing is that Sarabjit died of Heart attack and Sanaullah due to failover of kydney. both died after 7 days dont you all think this some what planned activity

Ashwin May 09, 2013 12:09pm

Its a sad thing! The jail authorities should be taken to task for this fatal lapse. Indian and Pakistan govt. should come to an agreement to release prisoners esp. those who have served more than 10 years on compassionate and humanitarian grounds. Hope this happens soon.

bilawal May 09, 2013 12:15pm

Pak govt should offer full support to the family of this brave man, who laid his life for his nation.

Rashid May 09, 2013 12:15pm

Shame on India!!!

SSS May 09, 2013 12:22pm


MUHAMMAD RIYAZ May 09, 2013 12:23pm

Sarabjit Singh, an Indian spy, a RAW agent, a convicted murderer and terrorist who killed 14 innocent Pakistanis and injured scores of other was awarded DEATH SENTENCE. But it is still a puzzle why he was not hung immediately after his final petition was rejected by Supreme Court of Pakistan? If he would be hung after the final verdict then he would die as an anonymous person. Being delayed by incompetent Pakistani Government made him a well known figure and a Hero for the enemy country of Pakistan.

Compared to Sarabjit, Shaheed Sanullah by mistake entered into Indian Occupied Territory. He did not blast any bomb, he did not kill any one, he was not an ISI agent, he was not a spy, and he was not a terrorist. He was an ordinary resident of a village of Sialkot in Pakistan. He was not awarded any death sentence, not even life sentence, as a matter of fact he was only awarded 8 years of prison term. He not only completed his term of 8 years in Indian Jails, rather he spent 17 years in Indian Jails; more than twice of his jail term! The question is Why not Pakistani authorities took action to get him free after completing his time in Indian jails? As usual Pakistani diplomats would be busier in parties, shopping, attending meetings but not in activities they were supposed to perform. Now when Shaheed Sanaullah embraced Shahadat, our diplomats become very active!

For all those who support AMAN KI ASHA type of unnatural phenomenon, and to all LIBERALS who want to have a good relation ship with India and Indians, I can say with all my experience of working, meeting and observing Indian Coworkers, that it is impossible to live with peace with India. Pakistan should always be ready to face a challenge of being attacked by India either by using its armed forces or by any other means. India or Indians can never be friends of Pakistan. The Indians are not friends of any one including Hindu country Nepal. Indians can be friend if they are subdued.

Eventually there will be a FINAL WAR between Indian and Pakistan. It is an undeniable fact. India is the country which is on top of the list in buying arms and armaments. Against whom? China is a BHAGWAN for India, All other neighbors are too weak for India, hence all its preparation is against Pakistan. The people, armed forces and Government of Pakistan should be ready for any eventuality.

Long Live Pakistan.

ankur May 09, 2013 12:24pm

Why can't Both countries live peacefully........we need prosperity and happiness not war and gloominess.....i wish pakistan understands it :(

Siddhant May 09, 2013 12:28pm

A disgrace to the attempted peace between both nations! Kind urge to bring up for peace and not for unnecessary killings. We all belonged to the same blood before 1947, (Remember?) and the blood still flows. All we are doing is killing our own self. Leave it!

Imran May 09, 2013 12:50pm

Excellent work Indians! You never fail to disappoint. I hope your national pride has been restored now.

Shiva May 09, 2013 12:54pm

Very Sad indeed. Shame on the administration! Please do not let his family suffer.

umair May 09, 2013 01:06pm

May Allah bless his soul, Aameen.

Aryan May 09, 2013 01:14pm

This should be stopped here itself. Now both the countries should provide high security to prisoners to avoid the incidents of attacks on prisoners.

General public in both the countries want only "PEACE".

Asif Kashmiri May 09, 2013 01:33pm

well done India for showing your true colours.

Nishant May 09, 2013 01:41pm

This should not have happened. I hope our PM says sorry to Sanaullah's family. With this we have lost the high moral ground we were claiming on Sarabjit's issue.

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - MK Gandhi.

joe May 09, 2013 01:41pm

All right thinking people will condemn this incident.It is very sad.. He was killed for no fault of his..But.... A spokesman for the Pakistan High Commission said that the Indian government had been asked to immediately release and repatriate the body.

Manish May 09, 2013 01:56pm

Two sad stories (Sarabjit and Sanaullah) don't make it right. Both shouldn't have happened, irrespective of the background of the two persons. Sarabjit and Sanaullah tere makam pe rona aaya..

Ankit May 09, 2013 02:02pm


AKG May 09, 2013 02:06pm

Does the Pak establishment acknowledge that Sarabjit's death should be probed internationally [or] does it want Sanaullah's death to be probed internationally?

human first May 09, 2013 02:25pm

In the name of humanity India has a moral responsibility to compansate his family. Really a sab day for India.

True Human May 09, 2013 02:32pm

First time may be but by killing an enime India lost the war

indian kashmiri May 09, 2013 02:58pm

India does a tit for tat.

that was expected

SOHAIL May 09, 2013 03:14pm

jaisi karni waisi bharni, what goes around comes around, better watch out, your deeds brings glory or doom .

Rohan Beg May 09, 2013 03:25pm

Authorities calling for international-level investigation... wonder what level investigation was conducted by our side when sarabjit Singh was murdered..!! Pity that powerless citizens of both countries suffer when end-games are played by politicians..

Gaiz May 09, 2013 03:52pm

Just read news of abduction of Yusuf Rezas son. but son is bald and Yusuf Reza is not. Is he really his son ? How can this be possible ? Baldness is inherited. May 09, 2013 03:57pm

Sad should not have happened.Nevertheless it should be seen as repurcussion of the earlier misevent of Sarabjeet. Putting too much important or highlighting these events might put lives of prisioners in India as well as Pak into jeopardy. Sad & unfortunate events that what these could be it Sanaullah Ranjay or Sarabjeet Singh.

sj May 09, 2013 04:14pm

Apologies to the victim's family from an Indian. Two wrongs don't make a right.

Sandeep SIngh May 09, 2013 05:15pm


Sandeep SIngh May 09, 2013 05:15pm


Abdul Malik May 09, 2013 05:51pm

This is very shameful on part of our country (India)

Khalid May 09, 2013 06:05pm

inna-lillah-e wainna ilehe rajeoon..

assad May 09, 2013 06:20pm

As sad as the story is, what is going on with the editorial standards at Dawn?

"The two family members were arrived in Chandigarh"

Is the above even a grammatically correct statement? Perhaps a paper of Dawn's repute should invest in more editorial reviews before publishing. This is easily the second article within the past two days where I have noticed silly mistakes.

In the good old days, my parents, and those of many others, use to make us read Dawn daily to improve our reading comprehension and vocabulary. Now with such basic mistakes being observed regularly in your newspaper, I am afraid you are depriving others the opportunity that I and many others had to benefit from your newspaper.

Moiez May 09, 2013 06:22pm

I wonder why no Indian has posted a comment on this story. They were so furious about their man been attached in Jail

Vaibhav May 09, 2013 06:31pm

May the soul of Sanaullah Haq rest in peace. Innocent victim. Sarabjit's killers are responsible for Sanaullah's killing. Please hang Sarabjit's killers and give peace to Sanaullah Haq's soul.

Harpreet Grewal May 09, 2013 06:43pm

I am ashamed as an Indian on this. Poor people must not be used to pay the price of the politics of our countries. My condolences for the fallen comrade! " aedher gabroo lasha kinddian , seene paatae mawa de oother theek nishane lgn, milde tgme bille rahe "

anony May 09, 2013 06:44pm

the indian govt is completely responsible for the death of Sanaullah. They should have known better that a tit-for-tat retaliation might happen after Sarabjeet's incident. The culprits from both the incidents (Sarabjeet AND Sanaullah) should be hanged "IMMEDIATELY".

Amir May 09, 2013 06:47pm

No Indians commenting on there greatness now...That is because you are the same animals like us...

Shakil May 09, 2013 07:22pm

Inna Lilla he wa inna ilahee rajayoon. We all belong to Allah and we will all return to him. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to the grieving family. This tit-for-tat act of brutality is a low point even for Indians. Two wrongs don't make one right.

Zack Khan May 09, 2013 08:02pm

India alway tried to play big, and to some extent I thought they are big. This action shows how small they are, shame on them.

Jamina May 09, 2013 08:04pm

Sarabjit Singh was falsely implicated for terrorism.

Acclaimedman May 09, 2013 08:38pm

Like an international investigation in the case of Sarabjit?

Nasr May 09, 2013 09:00pm

Well done India, the proclaimers of the largest democracy. The "Tit for Tat" approach has been the hallmark of your relations with your neighbours. May the departed souls rest in peace.

LAJAS May 09, 2013 09:09pm

Lost,2 man......... !!!!!!!!!!!!! SAD.

LAJAS May 09, 2013 09:10pm


Newsman May 09, 2013 10:09pm

Congratulation some sections of the media achieving this goal. You were go sad for Sarbjit that you cried for days, now you have opportunity to laugh for days.

raja hindustani May 09, 2013 10:49pm


rahul May 11, 2013 08:23am

@Zack Khan: whatabt pakistan when sarabjeet attacked in lahore jail that time u never tweet

rahul May 11, 2013 08:34am

@MUHAMMAD RIYAZ: thats was ur thinking pakistani court say they want manjeet for bomb blasting but pakistanies authorities fix sarabjeet as manjeet even human rights person in pakistan also claim that pakistananis authorities never produce any witness against sarabjeet that means he wasa innocent man , pakistani authorities never findany arms and ammunation from sarabjeet while sanaullah captured red handed by indian authorities with ak 47 and he himself accept that he conduct blast in kashmir that was aintegral part of india sarabjeet never say he engage in bomb blast in pakistani court also he say by mistake he cross the control line bcoz his village just 5 km from border and mr mohammed riyaz sanaullah home is around 200 km from border no one in thses earth just walk 200 km without knowing the direction so b practical when u write with all witness and mind your thinking bfore u write

Rashi May 11, 2013 04:10pm

@Zack Khan: Sometimes a short game teachs a big lession for big games ;-) May 12, 2013 07:42am

I've seen a bunch of these sort of articles over the last few weeks, and I cannot account for it. Hot subject it seems