Srinagar, Dec 14: Nineteen-month-old Hiba Nisar is likely to regain her eyesight after second surgery.
Twenty days after Hiba was hit by pellets in her right eye on November 25, she went through a second surgery at the SMHS Hospital here.
Hiba was operated upon for two and a half hours by a team of senior ophthalmologists at the hospital.
One of the senior doctors said, “We have successfully removed pellets from her right eye which gave us hope that her eyesight will regain very soon.”
Another ophthalmologist said Hiba had suffered haemorrhage in her eye.
“Now, her chance of recovery is very good,” he added.
“In a month or two, with medication and regular check-ups, she will be fine.”
Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Nisar Ahmad, Hiba’s father, said, “She is feeling better since yesterday (Thursday) as the pellet was removed by the team of doctors.”
“Doctor has advised us to take good care of Hiba and prevent dust from entering her eye.”
“Since yesterday, Hiba is not able to open her right eye properly. Her eye is reddish and swollen which lingers for some time after surgery.”
After undergoing two surgeries, Hiba’s behaviour has changed, he said.
She has become very aggressive as she loses her temper on small things, said Nisar.
“We have to visit hospital again on Monday for her regular check-up,” added Nisar.
Hiba was hit by multiple pellets, when she was in her mother’s arms in her home at Batgund.
Father Nisar is a labourer, and packs apples in an orchard not owned by him.
The family has received Rs 1 lakh as the treatment expenses from the state government.
She is the youngest pellet victim in the current phase of the violence in Kashmir.
Since 2016, SMHS hospital has received at least 1750 pellet victims who were completely or partially blinded.
Upcoming snow spell: Avalanche warning issued for Kashmir, Ladakh districts
Srinagar, Jan 19: Kashmir areas experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday, with the weather office forecasting more in store for the next three days.
“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” a Met Department official said here.
District administrations have set up helplines to help prevent any untoward incident due to the heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan Saturday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.
The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas of district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
As per the hand out, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed the Deputy Commissioners of all these districts to advise the people living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives.
The Div Com also directed the concerned DC’s to take all the precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police and Para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.
While the nightlong cloud cover increased minimum temperatures throughout the valley on Saturday, the maximum temperatures are expected to drop further, the weather official said.
Srinagar recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 4.4 and Gulmarg minus 7.0 as the minimum temperatures.
Leh town had minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 as the night’s lowest temperature.
Jammu city recorded 8.3 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.1, Batote 3.9, Bannihal 2.3 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the minimum temperatures.
UN clearly did its job: Guterres on Kashmir human rights report
United Nations: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday hoped that India and Pakistan will engage in a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve their issues.
The UN chief also said he has been offering his “good offices in relation to the dialogue between the two countries that, until now, had no conditions of success.”
Guterres was speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
“I hope that the importance of both India and Pakistan is such in international affairs, I hope that the two countries will be able to engage in a meaningful dialogue,” he said.
The UN chief was responding to a question on his repeated urging of dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours.
In relation to the human rights situation, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has produced recently a very detailed report. So, the UN has clearly done its job in that regard, Guterres said to a question by a Pakistan journalist on the situation in Kashmir.
Day after grenade attack, forces conduct search op in Lal Chowk
Srinagar: A joint search operation was launched by the forces and police in the commercial Hub Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Saturday.
The search came a day after the grenade attack took place in the locality, which left a vehicle and windowpanes of some shops damaged.
Witnesses said that a large contingent of police and paramilitary troopers were deployed near the Clock Tower here while the frisking was also intensified.
They said that drones too were used during the operation.
However, a top police official said that it was a routine exercise ahead of upcoming Republic Day.