MUZAFFARABAD: A senior Shia cleric, who had been critically injured in an assassination attempt on Wednesday, was airlifted to the twin cities on Thursday for further treatment, doctors said.
“A Pakistan army helicopter lifted off with Allama Tasawur Hussain Jawwadi from the Neelum Army Stadium to Islamabad,” said Muzaffarabad Deputy Commissioner Tehzeebun Nisa while talking to The Express Tribune on Thursday.
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“After receiving positive reports from doctors at the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan Hospital, the government decided to shift Jawwadi to Islamabad for better medical treatment. He would initially be admitted to the Military Hospital in Rawalpindi,” Nisa added.
She said that members of the district and divisional administration were present in the stadium as Jawwadi was moved into the helicopter without a ventilator, suggesting that his condition had improved enough to move him.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) workers staged a protest at the Burhan Wani Shaheed Chowk near Central Press Club.
The protesters raised slogans against the attackers and demanded their arrest.
“We are here to remind the law enforcement agencies of their role in arresting the attackers who want to disturb religious and sectarian harmony in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Our peaceful protest will continue till the arrest of the killers,” said a protester.
“The attack on Jawwadi was the work of elements who are the real enemies of Pakistan and AJK.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 17th, 2017.