Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Syed Ali Shah Geelani

SRINAGAR — The family of Syed Ali Shah Geelani has appealed people including the media fraternity to desist from sharing false information about the ailing leader.

In a statement issued here, the family said, “We urge all including those in media fraternity or otherwise not to circulate any information about his health, and similarly, any communication of political nature on his behalf without his representative’s authentication.”

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“Quaid-i-Mohtaram is in advanced age with multiple ailments. He needs round the clock medical as well as personal attention. Quaid throughout his life faced hardships, both physically and mentally, for his beliefs and convection. His recent health condition has stressed people, especially his family. Therefore, it is time to give him some amount of relaxation and his family a space to attend him in a better position at this critical juncture. Health condition of Quaid demands family to be careful, focussed and attentive, more so amid the pandemic,” the statement said.

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It further said, “Quaid is a public and political figure and everyone reserves a right to be concerned about his personal as well as political status. The prime responsibility of his close family is to attend him. We will keep the people updated regarding his health and his representative, Abdullah Gilani, will respond and react to his political issues.”

The family members of Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that past few months have been very hard for them. “On one hand, we are busy dealing with his health condition and we have been consumed physically as well as mentally. On the other hand, continuously dragging the family into his political affairs has taken a heavy toll on our personal as well as domestic life,” they said.

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“It is unfortunate that people with vested interests have launched a vicious campaign to malign the stature of Quaid. Repeated and fabricated letters in his name, posts, comments and imaginary stories is disturbing him and affecting his health very badly. The unnecessary social media campaigns and hounding of family only adds to our already stressful life,” the family lamented.

They made an appeal and said, ‘We humbly request and appeal people to pray for speedy recovery and long life of Quaid-i-Mohtaram.”

The statement has been issued by the sons of Geelani including Dr Nayeem Geelani, Dr Naseem Geelani and son-in-law Zahoor ul Haq Geelani.

Pertinently, the 91-year-old leader recently resigned as the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman. He, however, continues to be under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence since past more than eight years.

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