Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani dies at 92

Indian troops deployed, restrictions imposed in occupied Kashmir following Geelani’s death

Veteran Kashmiri separatist leader and former chief of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92, APHC leader Abdul Hameed Lone announced.

Geelani died at his residence in Srinagar at 10 pm on Wednesday night, Lone said in a statement.

The Hurriyat leader, who quit politics in June last year, passed away after a prolonged illness.

Security crackdown imposed in occupied Kashmir

Meanwhile, the Indian troops have imposed a security crackdown in occupied Kashmir following the announcement of Geelani’s death by the family.

Hundreds of security forces troops have been deployed in the city. There are also reports of proposed curfew and internet shut down.

The troops have placed barbed wire rolls and barriers on roads leading to the former Hurriyat leader’s house, according to the residents.

While the main mosque near Geelani’s residence is asking people to march towards his house, police and armed armored vehicles patrolling in the area are stopping them from going out on the street.

Pakistan to observe mourning day over Geelani’s demise

Following the sad demise of veteran Kashmiri leader, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that a day of official mourning will be observed across the country. Pakistan’s flag will fly at half-mast.

“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,” the premier wrote on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday.

The Kashmiri activist remained resolute despite suffering incarceration and torture by occupying the Indian state, said Prime Minister Imran Khan while paying tribute to Geelani.

“We in Pakistan salute his courageous struggle & remember his words: ‘Hum Pakistani hain aur Pakistan Humara hai‘,” Khan wrote in another tweet.

Geelani was an icon of Kashmir’s freedom movement, says Army chief

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed the deepest grief on the sad demise of the Veteran Hurriyat leader, terming Geelani an icon of Kashmir’s freedom movement.

“His lifelong sacrifices & ceaseless struggle symbolizes the indomitable resolve of Kashmiris against Indian occupation. His dream & his mission will live on until People of IIOJ&K win their right of self-determination,” the ISPR quoted the army chief.

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