Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri separatist leader, passes away

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri separatist leader, passes away

He was 92.

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has passed away. Family sources said the former J&K legislator died at around 10.30 pm Wednesday. He was 92.

“Saddened by the news of Geelani sahab’s passing away. We may not have agreed on most things but I respect him for his steadfastness & standing by his beliefs. May Allah Ta’aala grant him jannat & condolences to his family & well wishers,” former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

In June, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani resigned as chief of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, complaining that constituents of the amalgam failed to lead the people after abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, “overstepped the limits”, and tried to “create a parallel structure”.

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He also took a swipe at the Hurriyat leadership in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, calling it “just a representative forum” with “no power to take any decision” and using its influence to “get close to power corridors” in Pakistan.

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