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Pak envoy Bashir visits Sanaullah at PGI; prisoner’s condition worsens 
Ritika Jha Palial/TNS

Chandigarh, May 6
Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir on Monday visited prisoner Sanaullah, injured in an attack by a co-inmate in a Jammu jail, at PGIMER here. A medical bulletin of the institute said the Pakistani national “appears bit more critical than yesterday”.

Bashir first visited the Advanced Trauma Centre ICU where Sanaullah is admitted. He was briefed about the patient’s status from the time of his arrival to the present condition by Prof SN Mathuriya, head of neurosurgery, and Prof YK Batra, ICU in-charge. Later, he met PGI director Dr YK Chawla and Medical Superintendent Dr AK Gupta.

Addressing the media, Bashir said, “The whole issue needs to be seen in a humanitarian context. A judicial committee just visited Pakistan and recommended that both governments apply themselves to get rid of the agony of the prisoners. Impartial investigation should be carried out to get rid of suspicion of vendetta behind the attack. I hope the results of the investigations will be shared with us.”

He described Sanaullah’s condition as “very very sick”. “Sanaullah’s family wants to be with him. Arrangements are being made. His condition is very, very sick,” he said. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Press Attaché Manzoor Ali Memon and two representatives who have been in the city since Saturday.

While there is no improvement in Sanaullah’s neurological status, a medical bulletin of the institute said there was a metabolic deterioration in the form of fluctuating blood sugar and spiking temperature.

His hemodynamic status (including parameters of blood pressure and flow) was worse. Oxygen requirement has increased to maintain arterial blood gases and Sanaullah continues to be on ventilator. He appeared a bit more critical than Sunday, the bulletin said.

India visa for kin

Islamabad: The Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Monday granted visas for visiting India to two relatives of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah. The visa applications of Sanaullah's brother-in-law and cousin were received at the Indian High Commission at 7.30 pm (local time), official sources said. PTI





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