Reports coming out from Indian electronic media say that in a tit-for-tat to avenge the death of Sarabjit Singh, Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah, serving a life term in India, was attacked inside a high-security Kot Bhalwal jail in Kashmir by a fellow inmate yesterday. His condition is stated to be serious. Indian official sources said that the Kot Balwal jail superintendent Rajni Sehgal has been suspended by the Jammu and Kashmir government and an inquiry has been initiated. Meanwhile, a case of assault has been registered against Vinod Kumar, an ex-serviceman who is also serving a life term in the same jail. Media reports suggest that Sanaullah was attacked with sharp weapons. Some reports claim that he has been attacked by a pickaxe yet it remains a mystery how come such weapons could be smuggled into jail premises. Sanaullah was arrested in April 1999 in connection with five cases related to Jihadi activities in Kashmir. The attack occurred ahead of Sarabjit’s funeral at his native village in Punjab. He is being given a state funeral that proves that he was an agent of some Indian intelligence network and was pushed into Pakistan to carry out terrorist activities as a result of which dozens of people were killed. There is another aspect to the scenario, whereby as a result of the unfortunate attack on Sarabjit, many apologists in Pakistan and across the border found an opportubuty to deify a convicted murderer and terrorist. Meanwhile, "shining" India is still involved in abductions, mass graves, extra-judicial killings and rapes in Kashmir and in Indian prisons. Major Kashmiri leaders are regularly tortured. The fate of ordinary prisoners is far worse. The tortured bodies of Abdul Aleem, 20, and Rashida, were handed over to Pakistan in June, 2008. In fact, the list of such victims is a long one.

Better sense must prevail. There is absolutely no use in taking out vengeance on prisoners nor is it morally alright to heighten the conflict to such proportions as India has done. Both the neighbors have to learn to live peacefully, resolve the issues and learn that there await better days for their people co-existing in a state of friendship rather than hate speech and lies.