Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik in critical condition, shifted to ICU


ISLAMABAD: The health of incarcerated Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik has deteriorated and he has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition, Kashmiri media reported on Saturday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader has been in inhumane conditions under illegal detention of Indian occupying forces.

According to reports from Kashmiri media, Yasin Malik was under observation at the ICU at a local private hospital in Srinagar.

Sources said Malik’s right arm has been infected and he has undergone various tests at the hospital.

Quoting sources, the Kashmir Media Service said he was advised by doctors to undergo a surgery and being referred to a different hospital.

The family of Malik’s wife, Mishaal Malik, confirmed the news. Mishaal fainted upon hearing news of her husband’s critical condition, said her mother.

“They have apparently used a bad injection on his right arm, which has caused extensive swelling and has rendered it unusable,” she said.

Mishaal Malik, who resides in Pakistan, had recently claimed in a press conference that her husband’s condition was not stable and was being kept in inhumane conditions by Indian forces.

“The Indian Army has not let Yasin take his medicines or eat food for one and a half months now. He has not had a drop of water to drink since the last six days,” she had said at the press conference earlier this month.

Pakistan deplores ‘torturous treatment of Hurriyat leader’

Pakistan’s Foreign Office also condemned the inhumane treatment being meted out to the Hurriyat leader.

“We deplore Indian forces torturous treatment of Hurriyat leader Yasin Malik, reportedly in critical condition in ICU,” Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement.

“More than 150 [people] have been martyred, hundreds blinded by pellet guns & thousands injured in IoK since July 8… This must stop,” he said.

Raising the issue of continued human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said:  “Hurriyat leaders Geelani Sb & Mirwaiz remain in illegal detention & so does Kashmiri women leader Asiya Andrabi. This is highly deplorable.”

Kashmiri youth gunned down by Indian forces

Reports of Yasin Malik’s condition come hours after a Kashmiri youth was killed by Indian forces who used brutal force to disperse a peaceful protest.

Javed Ahmed Mir, 22, was killed after a head injury caused by a teargas shell.

Eyewitnesses said Javed was rushed to a primary health centre and later the Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar where doctors announced him dead on arrival.

Javed was a first year college student and was also working at a saw mill to support his family.

After the death residents staged protests demonstrations.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office also condemned the killing of the Kashmiri youth.

“More than 150 [people] have been martyred, hundreds blinded by pellet guns & thousands injured in IoK since July 8… This must stop,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Nafeez Zakaria.

Since July 8 this year, the valley has been under the grip of a curfew. Tensions erupted after a young Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani was shot dead by Indian forces.

Pakistan has raised the issue of human rights violations in the occupied valley at various international forums including the United Nations a decision which has not been taken lightly by India.