India has resorted to impose strict restrictions, including ban on communications (calling services and internet) in occupied Kashmir as fears of unrest is growing after veteran Kashmiri leader and prominent figure of freedom movement Syed Ali Shah Geelani died on Wednesday at the age of 92.
Speaking to the Associate Press (AP), the deceased’s son Naseem Geelani has confirmed that he was buried in a quiet funeral organized by authorities under harsh restrictions.
“They snatched his body and forcibly buried him. Nobody from the family was present for his burial. We tried to resist but they overpowered us and even scuffled with women,” Naseem Geelani told AP.
According to Indian media, restrictions were imposed across the valley to stop the outsiders from attending the funeral. The development came in response to the anticipation of anti-India protests.
The Indian occupied Kashmir has been facing severe violations of human rights–mainly–for the last two years.
Official mourning on the demise of Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Paying tribute to Geelani’s courageous struggle for Kashmiris and their right to self-determination. the PM wrote: “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.”
The Pakistan flag will fly at half mast and we will observe a day of official mourning, he further stated.
Meanwhile, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government has announced one day holiday and three-day mourning of the demise of Syed Ali Geelani.
Syed Ali Geelani was born on September 29, 1929 in a village on the banks of Wular lake in Sopore area of Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
He remained a staunch opponent of India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and lead the Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination.
Geelani had been a member of Jamaat-i-Islami, the largest political-religious organisation in Kashmir that was banned by the Hindu nationalist government in 2019.
Later, he founded his own party by the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.