Long-Serving Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Geelani Passés Away

September 2, 2021

According to APHC leader Abdul Hameed Lone, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a senior Kashmiri separatist leader and former chief of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), died on Wednesday. Lone said in a statement that Geelani died at his home at 10 p.m. According to the Kashmir Media Service, he was 92 years old.

In the meantime, citizens in occupied Kashmir reported that Indian Security forces forced a security crackdown following Geelani’s death. After the family revealed Geelani’s death, troops erected fenced rolls and barriers on roads leading to his home in Srinagar’s main city. Thousands of security personnel were urgently implemented, and media reports stated that a curfew would be imposed and internet services would be suspended.

The announcements were made over the main mosque’s loudspeakers asking people to march to Geelani’s house. However, a large number of fully armed vehicles and trucks guarded the area’s main roads. According to police, People were asked not to go out on the street. Geelani, an outspoken opponent of Indian rule in Kashmir, had been under home detention for the past 11 years. He had been sick for a long time.

Since the early 1960s, when he began campaigning for the territory’s merger with Pakistan, Geelani had been a thorn in India’s side. As a member of the Kashmir assembly, he also promoted his separatist views. After 1962, the veteran politician was imprisoned for nearly ten years and was frequently confined to his home.

Geelani had been a member of Jamaat-i-Islami since his youth, which was banned by the Hindu nationalist government in 2019.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed “deep sadness” at Geelani’s death. The premier recalled Geelani’s incredibly brave struggle, saying he had fought all his life for his people and their right to self-determination.

“He was imprisoned and tortured by the occupying Indian state, but he remained true.” “The Pakistan flag will be flown at top-mast, and we will observe a day of official mourning,” said the premier announced.

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