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An Indian national on death row in Pakistan who was attacked last week by fellow inmates died early Thursday from his injuries, his lawyer and a doctor said.

Sarabjit Singh, who was sentenced to death 16 years ago on espionage charges, died at 1:00 am local time (2000 GMT) after lying in a comatose state for the last five days, a senior doctor at Jinnah hospital in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore told AFP.

Singh's lawyer Owais Sheikh confirmed the 49-year-old's death and said that his body "has been moved to the hospital mortuary".

The doctor who spoke to AFP said arrangements were under way for an autopsy.

Singh sustained several injuries, including a fractured skull, when six prisoners attacked him on Friday last week, hitting him on the head with bricks.

"(His death) was already feared. His condition was more than critical and he had less chances of survival," Sheikh said.

Sheikh earlier told AFP that his client had received threats following the execution of a Kashmiri separatist in India. Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi on February 9 for his part in a deadly Islamist attack on the Indian parliament in 2001.

Singh was convicted for his alleged involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Pakistan's Punjab province that killed 14 people in 1990. His mercy petitions were rejected by the courts and former president Pervez Musharraf.

His family insisted he was a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border.

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