Indian spy Sarabjit Singh, who had been sentenced to death for terrorist activities inside Pakistan, is fighting for survival in a Lahore hospital after he was attacked by inmates with bricks. According to doctors, his condition is critical and he is on a ventilator. They say the next 24 hours are very critical. Police have registered a case against two Kot Lakhpat jail inmates for allegedly attacking Sarabjit. There is an impression that what prompted the absolutely horrific attack are rumours that Sarabjit was to be released after the president’s approval of his mercy petition lying pending for several years. Backdoor efforts were on to secure his release since New Delhi has been exerting a great deal of pressure. That  process was stopped after the hasty execution of Ajmal Kasaab and Afzal Guru and the Indian government’s refusal to return their bodies to their families. Islamabad has acted swiftly. Soon after the incident was reported, officials of the Indian High Commission were given consular access to Sarabjit Singh in Jinnah Hospital where he is undergoing treatment. Similarly under instructions from the Foreign Office, Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi granted visa facility to his family members to visit Lahore to be with him.

But what is worrying is the fact that security system in Kot Lakhpat Jail had collapsed due to which some inmates were able to attack Sarabjit. Now the jail authorities must rise to the occasion and beef-up security system in all jails. Former President Musharraf, who is facing murder charges besides a case of high treason for toppling an elected government on October 12, 1999 would soon be shifted to any of the jails and would be vulnerable to Taliban activists who have threatened to kill him for his action in support of the US. Mark Seagull is also coming to Pakistan to stand as witness in Benazir Bhutto murder case and would certainly need extraordinary security arrangements.