Human Lives Human Rights: The Inspector General of Police Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday said that restrictions have been imposed in the Kashmir valley including suspension of internet services.
The IGP said that the restrictions have been imposed in view of the death of the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a top Hurriyat leader passed away last night at his home in Hyderpora Srinagar. He was 92.
Geelani, who was suffering from multiple ailments, had been keeping unwell for the past many years.
Meanwhile, DIG North Kashmir has appealed to the people of North Kashmir “not to panic and avoid their movement towards Srinagar”.
“In the view of death of Senior Hurriyat leader, the public of North Kashmir is requested not to panic, Please avoid movement towards Srinagar.” He appealed the public to keep calm, and stay inside their houses and pray for the departed soul.
In the meantime, the mainstream leaders of Kashmir including Mehbooba Mufti and Sajd Lone expressed condolence.
“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,”, Mehbooba, former Chief Minister of erstwhile J&K state and PDP chief said.
Sajad Lone, chairman of Peoples Conference and former minister in a tweet said: ““Heartfelt condolences to the family of Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sahib. Was an esteemed colleague of my late father. May Allah grant him Jannat.”
Who was Geelani?
Geelani was previously a key member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir but later on founded his own party by the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He served as the Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of various separatist parties, formed on July 31, 1993.
In September 2003, the Hurriyat Conference split on the questions of its future strategies, the role of militancy, and dialogue. Subsequently, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat came into existence.
Before becoming staunch separatist figure, Geelani was an MLA from Sopore constituency and had won in 1972. He won in the Assembly polls from the same constituency in 1977 and 1987.