After 31 years of imprisonment, Shabir Shah says he is as strong as he was at age 12

After 31 years of imprisonment, Shabir Shah says he is as strong as he was at age 12
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Family meets DFP chief, says he is seriously unwell but his morale is very high

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Shah was allowed to meet his family for 18 minutes at Tihar Jail, in New Delhi on Thursday, a spokesman said.
In a statement, he said that Shah’s wife was accompanied by her elder daughter who after seeing the condition of her jailed father fell down and was hardly brought out of the jail premises.
The family said his morale is very high. As per the family, Shabir Shah said, “31 years in jail could not break or weaken my resolve for freedom of Kashmir. I am as strong as I was in 1968 when I was first imprisoned at the age of 12.”
“Shabir Shah has lost tremendous weight while in his 6 by 8 cell, having visible dark circles around his eyes. He is not able to stand properly because of weakness and backache. He gets frequent fainting attacks,” it said.
As per the medical records he has been diagnosed with severe heart ailment. “We were pressing hard for his treatment but all went to deaf ears as he was not even allowed to take his regular medicines. Now as his health started deteriorating further it still took jail authorities around 5 months to make the diagnoses. He has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, hypertension with a severe heart ailment,” a statement said.
“Shabir Shah has multiple heart blocks for which he will require angiography followed by angioplasty. But nothing has been done till date. All these tests and diagnosis took the jail authorities months together though all tests were supposed to be of emergency nature. Medical reports provided by Shabir Shah clearly say that expert doctors have advised immediate treatment,” it said.
“We stress upon the human rights organizations to come to the rescue of the “Prisoner of Conscience” before it is too late. We further warn New Delhi of dire consequences if anything happened to our beloved leader,” a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Freedom Party said it is saddened by the killing of a minor boy, Umar Kumar by government forces in Shopian. “We also condemn the use of force against unarmed protesters and injuring of dozens. We pray for their speedy recovery,” it said.