Pakistan slams India for registering cases against Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s family members
Pakistan on Monday slammed India for the “reprehensible act” of registering cases on “trumped up charges” against the grieving family members of Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
“After denying the family the right to bury Syed Ali Shah Geelani as per his will, the Indian occupation forces have further resorted to harassing the family of Syed Ali Shah Geelani by registering cases against them on trumped up charges,” said the Foreign Office in a statement.
Islamabad said that the “mistreatment of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s family” was part of New Delhi’s agenda to prevent Kashmiris from demanding the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination. It added that the designs of the Indian state would “never succeed, as the resolve of the Kashmiri people is getting strengthened with the passing of every day”.
“International community must take serious note of this unprecedented repression, and the persisting systematic human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” said the FO. It also called on the world community to hold India to account for its “inhuman, unjust and illegal actions”.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani has passes away
Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away on September 1 at his Srinagar home in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Geelani was considered a determined leader of the Hurriyat Conference and was facing several health issues.
A day later, the veteran Kashmiri leader was laid to rest at a graveyard near his residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora around 4.30am amid tight security, Hindustan Times had reported.
His relatives told the Indian publication that only Geelani’s close relatives and neighbours were allowed to attend his funeral as the security forces sealed the graveyard.
Indian authorities had imposed a security clampdown in disputed Kashmir after his 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.
Hundreds of security forces were immediately deployed and media reports said a curfew would be imposed and internet services cut.
According to media reports, even journalists were prevented from covering the funeral and barred from going to Hyderpora while restrictions were imposed across Kashmir and the internet and mobile phones were snapped.
Geelani, an uncompromising campaigner against Indian rule in Kashmir, had been under house arrest for the past 11 years and had been ill for several months.
Geelani had been a thorn in India’s side since the early 1960s when he began campaigning for the territory’s merger with Pakistan.
The veteran politician was jailed for nearly 10 years after 1962 and often restricted to his home after that.
Since his youth, Geelani had been a member of Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest political-religious organisation in Indian Kashmir that was banned by the Hindu nationalist government in 2019.
Geelani was a staunch critic of the sporadic but failed attempts at dialogue between India and Pakistan.
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