ISLAMABAD  -

The Pakistani caretaker government is likely to convey to the Indian government in a couple of days that it is beyond its mandate to allow shifting of Sarabjit Singh, Indian spy-prisoner currently under treatment in a hospital in Lahore, to India.

The Nation has learnt that the caretaker government, which was seriously considering to allow the death row convict be ferried to India for better treatment, has made up its mind to delay the matter, after an intelligence report advised it to let the new government decide the matter.

The caretaker government has decided to let new elected government consider the request from Indian government for transfer of the 49-year-old man to India for better medical treatment.

It may be mentioned here that the secret agencies through the Interior Ministry submitted to the caretaker prime minister that the shifting matter of the Indian spy was an affair of serious nature and it did not have the authority to deal with it.

Earlier, the caretaker prime minister sought the input from the Foreign Ministry and Interior Ministry for going about the humanitarian request from the Indian government.

The Foreign Ministry is still busy in analysing the attack on the Indian spy in a Pakistani jail. The caretaker premier said to the Interior Ministry that it is the responsibility of law-enforcement agencies to ensure safety and security of all Indian prisoners. He ordered the ministry to thoroughly investigate the incident and identify and penalize those responsible.

A joint team of senior doctors on Tuesday refuted the reports about brain death of Sarabjit Singh. Head of the medical board constituted to treat Sarabjit said, "The patient’s condition continues to be serious, but he has not been declared brain dead."

Clarification from the medical board came in the wake of reports that Sarabjit Singh may be brain dead and he is being sustained by life support system.

The reports claimed that Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur was returning to India via Wagah border to seek advice on whether ventilator support to her brother be withdrawn. Indian High Commission officials told The Nation that they were in touch with the medical authorities at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, and would like them (Pakistani authorities) to consider the option of transferring Sarabjit Singh to India so that he could benefit from the best medical treatment available in their country.