Srinagar: Huriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani was hospitalised on Thursday after he developed severe chest pain in New Delhi. Though hospitalised, his condition is said to be stable now.
Geelani was rushed to New Delhi’s Max Hospital by his daughter. A senior specialist at the hospital said that Geelani was suffering from chest pain and breathlessness but his condition is stable now. “He is stable and out of danger. In fact, it was not a heart attack but some complication in the heart. He is fine but now but is being monitored,” the doctor told Kashmir Reader. Most likely, he will be discharged tomorrow morning, he said.
Huriyat Conference (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar while talking to Kashmir Reader said, “He is fine and talking. He was unconscious for some time and was shifted to the hospital where he was put on oxygen. He underwent some tests and all reports are okay.” Akbar appealed people to pray for Geelani’s recovery and good health after Friday prayers. “The doctors want to conduct some more tests but they didn’t term it as heart attack,” he added.
One of the members of Geelani’s family said that the octogenarian leader was fine and was taken for a routine medical check-up to the Escorts Hospital in the morning. “Two-hours later, he developed some abdominal discomfort followed by severe chest pain promoting medical attention”, the family member said.
Eighty-six year old Geelani is a staunch pro-Pakistan leader who remained associated with Jamaat-e-Islami for many decades. He was thrice elected member of State Legislative Assembly before shunning electoral politics in 1989. Geelani floated his own faction of Hurriyat Conference in 2003 after severing ties with erstwhile undivided All Parties Hurriyat Conference over some leaders contesting proxy elections.
He was jailed for nearly two-decades and survived many assassination attempts since 1990’s. Government restricted his movements by house arresting him at his residence in Hyderpora after 2010 agitation. Last month, he was shifted to New Delhi for medical checkup.
Geelani is suffering from multiple ailments and was diagnosed with renal cancer. He had undergone many surgeries and part of his kidney was removed. He is also suffering from cardiac problems.
Geelani has authored several books including his autobiography Wular-Kinaray, which captures his entire life beginning from his birth in north Kashmir’s Bandipora.
A delegation of senior Hurriyat leaders including Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah and Raja Mehraj-ud-din flew to Delhi to be with the ailing leader.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, during whose tenure Geelani spent most of his time under house arrest, took to twitter praying for his speedy recovery.
“Just heard about SAS Geelani having taken ill, admitted to the ICU in a Delhi hospital. Prayers for his speedy recovery,” Omer tweeted.