SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has appealed to the people of Kashmir to show ‘unity and solidarity in the freedom movement’, said the spokesman of the conglomerate, Ayaz Akbar. In a statement issued here Akbar said Geelani, who was again admitted to the ICU of a hospital in Delhi on Friday afternoon, frequently enquires about the situation in Kashmir and had asked that his message should be conveyed to the people. “Allah will help us and we will achieve freedom from Indian occupation,” Akbar quoted Geelani as having said.
Syed Ali Geelani, 84, is suffering from multiple health ailments including a heart problem for which he has been using a pacemaker. Geelani often spends the winters in New Delhi, but this year, the pro-freedom leader initially refused to move to New Delhi but had to leave the state for treatment as he suffered a serious chest infection.
Doctors who are monitoring the Hurriyat (G) Chairman have cited his continuous house arrest as a prime reason for his deteriorating health. They said that due to continuous confinement, Geelani gains weight, which leads to swelling and acute pain in his legs and feet.
He said doctors at Max hospital are closely monitoring Geelani and had conducted necessary tests. “Currently he (Geelani) is felling better. He had a light breakfast in the morning and talked to his associates.” The spokesman said Geelani’s personal secretary Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehrajuddin, and his son Naseem Geelani were present at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, Deputy High Commissioner Abdullah Nizamani and other HC officials on Friday visited Max Hospital to check on Geelani. In the statement, Ayaz Akbar said the Pak High Commission also had brief talk with Syed Ali Geelani and prayed for his speedy recovery.
Akbar, quoting the Pak HC said, “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, called me over the phone and asked about the health condition of Geelani Sahab. He also conveyed his good wishes and prayed for the leader’s speedy recovery and ordered me to remain in continuous touch with Geelani Sahib’s attendants.” The spokesman said prior to Basit’s visit, a special prayer meeting was held at Pak High Commission office in New Delhi, where all the Commission officials and Hurriyat leaders, including Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din were in attendance
Meanwhile, special prayer meetings were also held in mosques on Friday across the Valley for the speedy recovery of Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani who was recently admitted to a Delhi hospital following complaints of pain in his chest.
People also took to social networking sites with wishes and prayers, while the pro-freedom camp organised prayers meetings at their offices. Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while praying for Geelani’s good health, expressed satisfaction over reports of an improvement in the ailing leader’s health.
In a statement issued here, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah said, “Geelani Sahib is a symbol of greatness in our resistance movement and his contribution to the freedom struggle is a guide for us.” The Freedom Party organised a prayer meeting at its Sanat Nagar headquarters in which special prayers were offered for Geelani’s early recovery.
JKLF (R) also organised a prayer meeting at its office. As per a statement, the meeting was attended by Wajahat Bashir Qureshi, Husni Mubarak, Er Suhail Ahmad, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, and Javed Ahmad Saznawaz.
Senior Hurriyat Conference (G) leaders, including Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Hakeem Abdul Rashid, also prayed for immediate recovery of the conglomerate’s Chairman. Jammu Kashmir Anjuman-e-Shari Shian in a congregation ‘Ayam-e-Fatimia’ at Yagipora Magam Imam Bara in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, also organised special prayers for Geelani’s well-being.
Addressing the gathering, Anjuman president Aga Syed Hassan criticised India for not allowing Geelani to travel outside India for medical reasons. He said Geelani is the “epitome” of Kashmir’s freedom struggle and appealed to people to hold special prayers for him.