Political prisoner Baba Jan suffering from chest pain

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GILGIT – The incarcerated political leader Baba Jan has been suffering from severe chest pain as authorities remain adamant to his appeal for treatment.

“Baba Jan isn’t well, he is suffering from chest pain,” said Zahoor Ilahi, a friend and a senior leader of Awami Workers Party (AWP), a leftist party to which Baba Jan is also affiliated.

“Jan isn’t being given access to proper treatment in Islamabad as he needs angiography,” Ilahi told reporters on Sunday.

Baba Jan, who is serving a life term in a jail at Ghakuch in Gilgit-Baltistan, wrote a letter earlier to chief minister, requesting for his treatment in a better hospital in Islamabad.

“I’ve been suffering from cardiac problems since last year,” wrote Baba Jan in his letter to chief minister Hafeezur Rehman. “I should be sent to Islamabad for proper treatment,” read the handwritten letter which was also addressed to the prime minister and the chairman human rights commission of Pakistan.

Jan said the jail he is in lacks an ambulance. He asked G-B government to donate an ambulance to Ghakuch jail where patients are shifted to hospitals in police vans.

The chief minister Hafeezur Rehman this week inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony of G-B’s maiden cardiac hospital that will be completed in Gilgit.

AWP vice president Jan and 11 others were handed down life imprisonment terms by an Anti-Terrorist Court on charges of torching government property and ransacking a police station during the Hunza riots in 2011.

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