A Pakistani prisoner in a Kashmir jail was attacked and suffered serious head injuries Friday morning, one day after outrage erupted in India over the death of an Indian prisoner in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said the attack was “obvious retaliation” for the killing of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian inmate who died Thursday after being assaulted behind bars.
The ministry called on the Indian government to ensure that the Pakistani prisoner got “the best medical treatment available” and urged Indian authorities to investigate and punish his attackers.
Indian media reported that the injured inmate, Sanaullah Haq, had fallen into a coma at a Jammu hospital before being flown to another medical facility in Chandigarh.
The attacks have ramped up tensions between India and Pakistan, which have been trying to rebuild ties after resuming peace talks nearly two years ago.