As Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay continues to battle for life in the PGIMER in Chandigarh, his family on Tuesday said he should be sent back to his country along with them.
Ranjay's relatives -- brother-in-law Mohammed Sehzaad and nephew Mohammed Asif -- spent around five minutes with their relative admitted in the ICU of Advanced Trauma Centre at PGIMER, after reaching the hospital from Wagah border under heavy security cover.
After meeting his relative, who is in deep coma and diagnosed with jaundice, making his chances of survival bleak, Sehzaad told reporters that they want to take their relative back to Pakistan along with them.
"I appeal to government of India to send Sanaullah with us back to Pakistan," said Sehzaad, who is on a 15-day visa with Asif.
"His (Sanaullah) condition appears to be worse, he is not well," he said adding that the family has lost hopes of Sanaullah's recovery.
Sehzaad and Asif were accompanied by two officials of the Pakistan embassy.
Meanwhile, Sanaullah developed jaundice, which is a sign of severe infection, the PGIMER medical bulletin said.
Sanaullah Ranjay, 52, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, is serving a life term after being convicted under TADA provisions, following his arrest in 1999.
He was injured during a scuffle with another inmate in the high-security Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu and was immediately shifted to the GovernmentMedicalCollegeHospital, Jammu and later on rushed to PGIMER in an air ambulance after doctors said his condition was critical.
Meanwhile, patients and their attendants had a tough time in PGIMER as there were frequent checks due to heightened security at the area where Sanaullah is being treated.
The assault on the Pakistani prisoner came a day after the death of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who was brutally attacked by inmates in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail.
Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir had visited Ranjay on Monday at the hospital and said, his chances of survival seemed "bleak".
Saying both countries to maintain restraint and not create hype, he had said that doctors were trying their best to save him.
"However, the prognosis is weak," he had said.