New Delhi: The High Commissioner of Pakistan Mr Abdul Basit on instructions from Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, visited the ailing Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at a Delhi hospital and conveyed to him the best wishes and prayers on behalf of the Pak PM and the people of Pakistan. A ‘Quran Khawani’ was also held at the High Commission today with special prayers for the health of Ali Shah Geelani.
Earlier Mr Abdul Basit met Mr Rajiv Mehrishi Indian Home Secretary today in connection with the forthcoming ICC World T20 tournament in India.
The 86-year-old Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani suffered a minor heart attack on Thursday and has been in Max Hospital in Saket in South Delhi since then. Geelani reportedly was complaining of chest pain and breathlessness and also had elevated blood pressure.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani heads the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference and is a vocal supporter of Jammu and Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.
Earlier on Thursday, the Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif had been quoted as saying, “On behalf of the people of Pakistan, I wish for full and speedy recovery of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who suffered a heart attack in New Delhi this morning.”
Nawaz Sharif also said, “Syed Geelani’s indefatigable leadership is a beacon of freedom for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. We pray for his quick recovery and good health”.