India sends team of doctors to treat Mirwaiz's uncle
6 June 2004
News Network International
New Delhi: In a positive gesture ahead of the third and crucial round of talks with the Hurriyat Conference, the centre has rushed a team of specialist doctors to Srinagar for the treatment of senior amalgam leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq's uncle Moulvi Mushtaq whose condition has been deteriorated, an official spokesman said. The spokesman said the team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences had been air-dashed to Srinagar in a special flight arranged by the home ministry to assist local doctors attending on Moulvi Musthaq, Kashmir Times reported. The team comprises Dr Praveen Aggarwal, Dr Vimi Rewari, Dr Anil Bhan and Dr Rajat Kumar. He said the government of India has assured all possible assistance in the treatment of Moulvi Mushtaq. Sources told that the team has been sent on the recommendation of home minister Shivraj Patil. The sources said the centre wants to send a positive signal to the separatist camps that it was 'seriously and genuinely' concerned for their well-being. The centre is committed to carrying forward the dialogue process initiated by the previous Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, they said. The Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government does not want the ongoing peace process comes to a grinding halt due to sudden spurt of violence in the troubled state and militant attacks on those separatist leaders who have entered into a dialogue with the centre. Moulvi Mushtaq, the founder member of the Awami Action Committee and a retired bureaucrat, was injured in an attack on May 29 when militants fired at him point blank while he was offering prayers at a mosque in Srinagar's downtown area of Rajouri Kadal. Moulvi Mushtaq, 61, suffered bullet injuries in his throat and was rushed to hospital in a serious condition. He is admitted in the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura and is stated to be in a critical condition. Moulvi Mushtaq had recently shifted his residence from Rajouri Kadal to Nishat but quite often visited his ancestral residence and offered prayers in the locality mosque, the sources said. Earlier, the militants had hurled a grenade on the heavily-guarded residence of the Mirwaiz at the posh Nageen locality on the outskirts of Srinagar on May 29. However, the Mirwaiz was not present in the house at the time of the attack. The sources said the security of all top separatist leaders has been upgraded following the attack.