Pakistan voices serious concern over deteriorating health of Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Shah
SuchTV | Oct 03, 2022
In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said that Pakistan is seriously concerned over the deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Shah.He said the Indian Charge d' Affaires in Islamabad was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today and conveyed serious concerns over the deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader who has been incarcerated at the infamous Tihar Jail for the last five years.He further said that the Charge d' Affaires was told that the Indian authorities' failure to provide adequate medical care to Altaf Ahmed Shah, who has been diagnosed with renal cancer, is extremely disappointing. As a result of this negligence, Hurriyat leader's condition is worsening and the cancer is spreading to other parts of his body.The spokesperson said that it was noted with deep regret that despite repeated appeals by the family of Altaf Ahmed Shah, including letters addressed to the Indian Prime Minister, no action has been taken with regards to his health condition.He said the Indian government's callousness is evident from the fact that Shah has still not been hospitalized. Despite the doctor's advice to arrange his diagnostic tests urgently in order to assess the extent of the disease, the tests were carried out after inordinate delays.Asim Iftikhar said it is deplorable that the Indian authorities continue to deny his family the permission to meet him. The court hearing of his bail plea on humanitarian grounds is also being delayed. It is evident that Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmed Shah is being victimized and punished for being the son-in-law of revered Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.He said the Charge d' Affaires was told to convey to Government of India about Pakistan's demand that Altaf Ahmed Shah be immediately provided medical attention and released from prison.
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