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India seeks regular consular access to Sarabjit Singh

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Islamabad: India Sunday sought "regular consular access" to death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh, who is in a coma in a Lahore hospital following a brutal assault, after Pakistani authorities imposed restrictions on meeting him.

"Indian officials were given access to Sarabjit Singh only once. Thereafter, there has been no access to Sarabjit Singh," an official of the Indian High Commission told PTI.

"The matter has been taken up with the Pakistani side and the Foreign Office has been requested to give us regular consular access to Sarabjit Singh," said the official.

Two officials of the Indian High Commission were allowed to visit Sarabjit, who is in an intensive care unit in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital, only for a few minutes early on Saturday.

Subsequently, the Pakistani side informed the Indians that the consular access granted on Friday was meant for only one visit, sources told PTI.

The Indian side then took up the issue with their Pakistani counterparts, saying that Indian officials should be allowed unhindered access to Sarabjit in view of his condition, the sources said.

Talks were going on between the two sides on this issue.

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