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Expressing concern over the attack on Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, Islamabad on Friday reiterated its desire to have good neighbourly relations with India and sought evacuation of critically injured Sanaullah to Pakistan for treatment instantly.

"Despite recent Indian outrages including violations on LoC, Pakistan is exercising utmost restraint in order to strengthen composite dialogue process to resolve all bilateral disputes", Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in his weekly press briefing.

He said that Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani spoke to his Indian counterpart and sought evacuation of Sanaullah, Pakistani prisoner who was injured by inmates in Occupied Kashmir, to Pakistan for treatment.

The spokesman said that besides direct communication at the level of foreign secretaries, Pakistan's mission in New Delhi was also in touch with Indian authorities to solicit details of the attack on Sanaullah as well as consular access.

He said that Pakistan today summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to the Foreign Office and lodged a protest at the attack on Pakistani prisoner.

When his comments were sought whether the attack on Sanaullah was a tit-for-tat for attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, the spokesman said that it seemed a retaliatory act to Sarabjit Singh incident.

He said that Sarabjit was injured as a result of scuffle but Sanaullah, who was serving life imprisonment, seems to be a victim of direct assault.

The spokesman said that Pakistan also called upon the Indian government to take all measures to ensure best medical care for Sanaullah, besides investigating the matter thoroughly and punish the perpetrators.

He said that Pakistan reminded India of its responsibility to ensure safety and security of approximately 800 Pakistani prisoners in various Indian jails.

When asked why India was not granting consular access and other facilitation as Pakistan did in case of Sarabjit Singh, the spokesman said, "Pakistan certainly hopes that India would cooperate as much as Pakistan did. Consular access has been agreed in principle and Pakistan is waiting for India to identify the place where access would be given. "We have learnt that the prisoner may be shifted from Jammu to Chandigarh."

The spokesman to another question said that Islamabad would also take up with New Delhi as to why the Indian central and state governments had announced reward for the family of Sarabjit Singh -- a terrorist who took many innocent lives in Pakistan. Sarabjit Singh, he added, was awarded punishment in accordance with the laws.

On how the two countries can avoid such incidents in future and ensure safety of prisoners, the spokesman said ‘there are mechanisms available to them and there is need to strengthen and implement them in letter and spirit’.

Pakistan has always raised its voice for political, moral and diplomatic support for Kashmiris, besides urging India to for protection and promotion of human rights in occupied Kashmir, the spokesman added.

"We have stressed the need to stop the high-handedness of security forces in occupied Kashmir," the spokesman said, adding, "Pakistan believes that their voice for right of self-determination cannot be suppressed by force.

The spokesman said that Pakistan agreed to accept 355 foreign election observers hailing from 12 countries and three organisations -- European Union, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and members of Commonwealth.