Pakistan condemns India’s ‘barbaric act’ of snatching away Geelani’s mortal remains
Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the barbaric act of snatching of the mortal remains of the veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani from his family by the Indian occupation forces early this morning.
According to Foreign Office, as the family was preparing for the last rites of Syed Geelani, a heavy contingent of the occupation forces raided his residence in Srinagar, harassed the family members and snatched Syed Geelani’s body.
“When the family members told the raiding party that Syed Geelani’s will was to be buried in the Cemetery of Martyrs in Srinagar, they were reportedly told that India would not allow Syed Geelani’s burial at the place of his choosing,” the FO said in a statement.
Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said the government of India is so afraid of Syed Geelani and what he stood for that they have now resorted to this inhuman act even after his passing away.
“This shows the degree of callousness on part of the occupation forces and demonstrates beyond doubt that India would trample all civil and human values in perpetuating its occupation of IIOJ&K,” he added.
Indian media subsequently reported that Syed Geelani has been buried. A curfew has been imposed in the valley and all internet services snapped.
The spokesperson urged the international community to take serious note of this unprecedented and egregious situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and hold India to account for its breaches of the international human rights and humanitarian laws.
Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was laid to rest at a graveyard near his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora around 4.30am amid tight security.
His relatives told Indian media that only Geelani’s close relatives and neighbours were allowed to attend his funeral as the security forces sealed the graveyard.
Indian authorities imposed a security clampdown in disputed Kashmir late on Wednesday after the veteran Kashmiri leader’s death at the age of 92.
Troops put up barbed wire and barricades on roads leading to Geelani’s house in the main city of Srinagar after the family announced the death.
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