Hurriyat Conference (M) executive member Fazl Haq Qureshi was discharged from SKIMS after 25 days in the hospital. Qureshi, who survived a murderous assault, is still “weak” but doctors say he is recovering and may take up to six months to recover fully. Doctors have described his condition as “fully conscious” and “cognitively positive”.
Qureshi was attacked by unidentified assailants on December 4, when he was returning home in the evening. He was removed to SKIMS in a critical condition with head injuries and was operated upon.
Militant outfit Al Nasireen claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack on Qureshi, a moderate separatist who loved to keep a low profile, was seen as threat to the Hurriyat Conference for going ahead with Quiet Dialogue. The attack, however, brought hardliners like Syed Ali Shah Geelalni on the defensive, as Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar held anti-dialogue rhetoric responsible for the attack. The moderate camp also vowed to carry on the dialogue.
Qureshi who has been a resistance figure from 1960, with his stints with the Al Fatah movement, shot into prominence in 2000 after the largest militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen declared a ceasefire and chose him as the negotiator for talks with Government of India. He heads the Peoples Political Front, and regarded as an uncontroversial figure in separatist camp.