Naveen Bharat Editorial
SRINAGAR: Senior separatist leader and former Hurriyat Conference president Syed Ali Geelani was buried in a local graveyard near his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar early morning, following which authorities banned internet and mobile services except BSNL post-paid service in Kashmir. and internet and mobile service has been stopped. of Thursday.
The last rites of 92-year-old Geelani, who died yesterday at his residence It was held today at 4.45 am in the evening, sources said. His family members, some relatives and neighbors were allowed to attend his funeral.
Soon after his death at around 10.30 pm, authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to restrict public movement and prevent people from paying homage at Geelani’s residence.
Security personnel have erected wires and armored vehicles on the roads leading to Geelani’s residence to restrict the movement of people.
Authorities have also suspended mobile internet and mobile services in the Valley. Although BSNL’s postpaid and broadband service is working.
Geelani, who was under house arrest since 2010, was not keeping well and was suffering from several ailments.
Born on September 29, 1929, Geelani had been a part of mainstream politics until the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in 1989. He contested and won the assembly elections from Sopore in 1972, 1977 and 1987.
After the rise of militancy, Geelani joined separatist politics and emerged as a strong face of the separatist movement in Jammu and Kashmir.
Known for his hardline ideology and advocating for the merger of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan, Geelani quit his faction of the separatist group Hurriyat Conference in June last year. He was leading the Hurriyat faction since 2003.
Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella of various separatist groups, was formed in 1993. However, due to differences, the Hurriyat split in 2003 and Geelani formed his own faction, known as the Hardline faction, with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq leading the other faction. liberal group).
Geelani was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir, but later left the Jamaat with his like-minded friends and allies to form his own party—Tehreek-e-Hurriyat–.
Geelani led the 2008 land dispute, the 2010 agitation and the 2016 agitation in the Valley.
He was against any bilateral talks with India and always favored tripartite talks involving Pakistan, Kashmiri leaders and India. He was the only Kashmiri leader to oppose the 4-point Kashmir formula of the former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference President Sajjad Gani Lone have condoled the death of Geelani.