MULTAN- A prisoner at the district jail tried to commit suicide here on Friday after he was unable to meet his girlfriend imprisoned at the women jail.

The prisoner identified as Ghulam Muhammad had staged a four-hour long protest by climbing up the water tank of the prison and demanding to meet his girlfriend.

As part of negotiations, the jail administration brought the prisoner's girlfriend to meet him. When the jail administration asked Ghulam Muhammad to come down from the water tank to meet the woman, he refused and insisted that the woman be brought up the water tank.

The incident took a horrific turn when Ghulam Muhammad jumped of the water tank and tried to hang himself. Jail officials were quick to act and were successful in saving the prisoner who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Ghulam Muhammad was arrested on murder charges and belongs to Balochistan province.