Who was Syed Ali Geelani?
Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani passed away last night at his home in Srinagar, at the age of 92.
Syed Ali Geelani was born on September 29, 1929 to Syed Peer Shah Geelani of Zoori Munz village in Tehsil Bandipora. Geelani received his early education at Sopore, and finished his studies at the Oriental College, Lahore in Pakistan.
He spent his boyhood in the headquarters of Plebiscite Front at Mujahid Manzil in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He was also a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. During his stay in Lahore, he was greatly influenced by Allama Iqbal’s poetry and wrote more than a dozen books, including three translations of Allama Iqbal’s Persian poetry. He won elections in 1972, 1977 and 1987 on a Jamaat-e-Islami’s ticket and started advocating for a solution to the Kashmir issue in the Kashmir Assembly.
Later, Syed Ali Gilani formed his own party under the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He was also the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
Syed Ali Gilani has spent most of his political career in jail. He has been laid to rest by the authorities on Thursday morning while various personalities are expressing deep grief and sorrow over his demise.
The Kashmiri freedom fighter was a brave, courageous and sincere leader. He struggled all his life for his people and their right to self-determination. Geelani suffered incarceration and torture by the occupying Indian state, but remained resolute.
Words of the iconic leader of the Kashmiri resistance, “Hum Pakistani hain aur Pakistan hamara hai,” are remembered by every Pakistani and Kashmiri on his departure.
Kashmir is deprived of a great leader who remained steadfast against the Indian imperialism all his life.
In Pakistan, the national flag will be hoisted half-mast on the death of Syed Ali Geelani and a day of official mourning will be observed in his memory.