Speakers term Syed Ali Geelani epoch-making leader of Kashmir

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While addressing a seminar organized by the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir to mark the first death anniversary of late Kashmiri leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, speakers described the late freedom fighter as real hero of the Kashmir freedom movement for his undaunted resistance against the Indian tyranny all through his life.

They said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani fought throughout his life to free the Kashmiri people from Indian subjugation and his unprecedented struggle and spirit of resistance will continue to inspire the coming generations of Kashmiris.

Speaking at the seminar, Prof Dr. Mohammad Qayyum Khan, Director of Finance and the senior professor of the University said that Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who entered the politics of Kashmir in the 1950s, waged a peaceful political struggle for 37 years for the settlement of the Kashmir issue, but ultimately he realized that India, the claimant of the world’s largest democracy will not grant Kashmiris their inalienable right to self-determination through democratic means.

Geelani who was elected three times as a member of the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly quit parliamentary politics in the late 80s and dedicated himself to organizing the freedom movement within Occupied Kashmir and at the international level to expose the real face of India, Dr. Qayyum added.

Despite all the difficulties, sufferings, and plights, Syed Ali Geelani demonstrated unprecedented determination and courage and never compromised on his principled stand, Dr Qayyum said.

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