Pakistani detainee attacked by inmate in Indian prison dies

Pakistan's government has requested India to release the body of a Pakistani prisoner who died Thursday in hospital in India's Punjabi city of Chandigarh, following an attack by an Indian inmate.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said it hopes the government of India will facilitate the early repatriation of the "mortal remains" of Sanaullah Ranjay to Pakistan. Pakistani national Sanaullah was convicted of militancy-related charges in the 1990s and served his sentence in an Indian high-security prison.

According to local media reports, Pakistan is sending an aircraft to airlift the body of Sanaullah from Chandigarh.

"The brutal manner in which Sanaullah was attacked in jail is most unfortunate and a matter of concern," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in the statement. It called on the Indian government to investigate the incident.

Sanaullah's death is regarded as a revenge attack for the killing of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, who was attacked in a Pakistani jail on April 26 and later died from his injuries in a Lahore hospital.

"We also reiterate our call on the government of India to hold discussions on the condition of Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails and repatriate those who have already served their terms," the statement said.

The governments of India and Pakistan have both expressed concern about the safety of their nationals in each other's territories.