Syed Ali Shah Geelani: Kashmir separatist leader dies at 92 | Kashmir News

Syed Ali Shah Geelani: Kashmir separatist leader dies at 92 | Kashmir News

Geelani, who headed a hardline faction of the APHC, died at his Srinagar residence after a protracted sickness.

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a prime separatist leader in Indian-administered Kashmir, has died at the age of 92 after a protracted sickness.

Geelani, who stop politics in June final yr, died at his residence in the primary metropolis of Srinagar.

He headed a hardline faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), a separatist alliance that rejects Indian rule and calls for a merger of Kashmir with Pakistan. He lengthy rejected any dialogue with India over the way forward for the area.

After the abrogation of article-370 within the area on August 5 2019, Geelani was confined to his home as a result of his weak well being.

In the hours after his demise was introduced, massive contingents of police and paramilitary troopers in riot gear had been deployed exterior Geelani’s dwelling. Restrictions had been imposed throughout the area and cellular web providers had been down.

A police official advised Al Jazeera that solely members of the family and a “few neighbours would be allowed to take part in the funeral”.


Kashmir’s former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, provided his condolences over the leader’s demise.

“Saddened by the news of Geelani sahab’s passing away. We may not have agreed on most things but I respect him for his steadfastness and standing by his beliefs,” Mufti tweeted.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan additionally paid tribute to Geelani and mentioned the nation would maintain a day of mourning.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kashmiri freedom fighter Syed Ali Geelani who struggled all his life for his people & their right to self-determination. He suffered incarceration & torture by the Occupying Indian state but remained resolute,” Khan wrote on Twitter.

“We in Pakistan salute his courageous struggle & remember his words: ‘Hum Pakistani hain aur Pakistan Humara hai’. The Pakistan flag will fly at half-mast and we will observe a day of official mourning.”

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