Srinagar, Aug 24: Family of a senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday appealed the people to give him some amount of relaxation and assured that masses will be updated regarding his health issues.
The family also urged the media not to circulate any information without the authenticity of his political representative Abdullah Geelani.
A joint statement issued by his sons, Dr Naseem Geelani, Dr Naeem Geelani and his son-in-law Zahoor-ul-Haq said,
“Geelani is in advanced age with multiple ailments. He needs round the clock medical as well as personal attention. Throughout his life faced hardships, both physically and mentally, for his beliefs and conviction. 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 the leader demands family to be careful, focused and attentive, more so amid the pandemic.”
“Geelani 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 statement added.
It also said, “Past few months have been very hard for all of us. 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. It is unfortunate that people with vested interests have launched a vicious campaign to malign the stature of the leader. Repeated and fabricated letters in his name, posts, comments and imaginary stories are 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 statement urged all including media fraternity not to circulate any information about his health.