Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered "sincere apology" to the family of Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay, who succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Chandigarh on Thursday morning.

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay dies

"Although it's scant consolation, I'd like to offer a sincere apology to the family of Sanaullah and my sympathies for their loss," Omar wrote on Twitter.

"While the inquiry will fix responsibility for any dereliction of duty, the fact that this happening at all is a matter of great regret," Omar said.

The Pakistani prisoner was serving life imprisonment at Jammu's Kot Bhalwal Jail. He was attacked on last Friday by an Indian prisoner and then he was flown from Jammu to Chandigarh for treatment. The incident took place a day after Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner in Pakistan, succumbed to grievous injuries sustained in a murderous assault on him in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The Chief Minister had a word of appreciation and gratitude for the medical staff of Government Medical College, Jammu and PGIMER for their efforts to save the life of Sanaullah. "I'd also like to add a word of thanks to the doctors and staff at GMC Jammu and PGI Chandigarh for their valiant efforts to save Sanaullah," he said.


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