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There should be ‘no anxiety’ over Chamel issue: Bashir

After facing allegations of assaulting an Indian prisoner to death in Pakistan jail, the Pakistan envoy to India Salman Bashir on Thursday said that an investigation has been ordered into the incident and that there should be ‘no anxiety’ over the issue.

‘The Punjab government has taken notice of it and an investigation is in process, that is all that I know that I’m in a position to convey to you and there should be no anxiety on this issue,’ he told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a business event. An Indian prisoner, Chamail Singh died in mysterious conditions in a Pakistani jail. He was serving a five-year prison term at Kot Lakhpat Jail for alleged involvement in espionage. The preliminary report of the autopsy reportedly states that traces of four injuries were found on the body, including a fracture of the right knee, an abrasion of 1.5 cm to 2 cm on the left knee joint, an abrasion over the upper lip and scars on the thigh.  Singh, said to be in his sixties, was declared dead on arrival by doctors at the state-run Jinnah Hospital on 15 January.

Sources said that the Pakistan authorities have not responded to the requests for the autopsy details of the Indian prisoner even as the pressure is building on New Delhi to take up the issue with Islamabad.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the J&K government had said it will take up the matter with the Centre even as BJP demanded a strong message be sent to Pakistan that such inhuman act will not be tolerated.
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