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Sarabjit's lawyer to file plea for treatment by Indian doctors

Apr 30, 2013 06:33 PM IST India India

Islamabad: Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh's lawyer will reportedly file a new petition in Lahore High Court on Wednesday seeking permission for Indian doctors to examine him. Sarabjit Singh is in coma at Lahore's Jinnah Hospital, and reports suggest that he may be brain dead.

Sarabjit's family will meet him again tonight at 8.00 pm and come to India on Wednesday to seek advice on whether ventilator support to him should be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Indian High Commission officials have asked Pakistani doctors if Sarabjit can be treated abroad.

India on Monday appealed to Pakistan to facilitate the return of Sarabjit who was attacked by his jail inmates on Friday afternoon. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "In view of the recent tragic events and present circumstances, we once again appeal to the Government of Pakistan to take a sympathetic and humanitarian view of this case, and release Sarabjit Singh." India also demanded that Sarabjit's attackers be punished and a thorough probe be conducted.

There hasn't been any improvement in Sarabjit's condition ever since he was hospitalised. He continues to be in coma at the Jinnah Hospital in Lahore. Meanwhile, a medical panel set up by the Pakistan government on Monday ruled out his transfer to India saying that it would be difficult to move him considering the severe head injuries he has received. "Sarabjeet will continue to receive treatment in Pakistan," the panel said.