New Delhi: Pakistan has agreed to send back the body of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was attacked in a Lahore jail and died this morning at a local hospital.
Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:
- Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that a special plane will be sent to bring Mr Singh's body back. The Punjab government has said it will ensure Mr Singh is given a state funeral.
- An emotional Dalbir Kaur, Mr Singh's sister, accused the Pakistan government today of complicity in the fatal attack on the 49-year-old. "Pakistan stabbed India in the back," she said at a press conference in Delhi. (Watch)
- The Prime Minister has in a statement said that "criminals responsible for the barbaric and murderous attack on Sarabjit must be brought to justice." He will make a statement in Parliament today on the case. (Read)
- The opposition BJP has accused the government of not pushing hard enough to have Mr Singh repatriated to India for medical treatment. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "It is a cold blooded murder. This is not the way civilized nations behave." (Read)
- Mr Singh was hit with bricks by six men on Friday evening and was brought comatose to hospital, where doctors warned that he was unlikely to recover.
- The Indian government had made three formal appeals to the Pakistan government since Friday, asking for him to be sent home.
- In a strong statement today, the Indian government said, "This was, put simply, the killing of our citizen while in the custody of Pakistan jail authorities."
- His wife, sister, and two daughters were given emergency visas to visit him. They returned on Wednesday afternoon after they were told that his injuries were irreversible.
- Mr Singh had been in jail for the last 22 years after being convicted of terrorism charges. He was given the death sentence in 1991 for bombings a year earlier in Lahore and Multan in which 14 people were killed.
- His family says this conviction was a case of mistaken identity.
Story First Published: May 02, 2013 09:14 IST