Syed Ali Geelani’s family booked in occupied Kashmir over raising pro-freedom slogans


SRINAGAR – Indian police have registered a case against family members of late Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani over raising pro-Independence slogans and wrapping the body of Hurriyat leader in Pakistani flag.

The FIR has been registered at the Budgam police station under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, media reports said.

The 92-year-old veteran Kashmiri died on Wednesday evening and was given a low-key burial as Indian forces had snatched his body from the family.

The relatives of Geelani had raised pro-freedom slogans when the Indian security officials resorted to callous and inhuman handling of his remains.

A day earlier, the Indian Charge d’ Affaires (Cd’A) was summoned to the Foreign Office and conveyed Pakistan’s strong demarche on Indian Occupation Forces’ callous and inhuman handling of the mortal remains of the iconic Kashmiri leader and freedom fighter Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

It was conveyed that the Indian Occupation Forces’ shameless act of snatching the body of Syed Ali Shah Geelani from his family and disallowing his burial according to his will, was in blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law and all tenets of civil and human rights, the foreign office said in a statement.

Indian Occupation Forces have repeatedly resorted to indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiris protesting against their inhuman conduct. In the likely event of the situation spiraling out of control and based on India’s irresponsible behavior in similar situations in the past, there are possibilities of India stage-managing some mischief in the Occupied Territory to divert world attention and to apportion blame on Pakistan or Kashmiri Hurriyat leadership for its own indefensible actions in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

It was emphasized to the Cd’A that India must refrain from any missteps that might further jeopardize regional peace.

He was reminded of Pakistan’s consistent stance that Government of India must immediately lift the illegal military siege in IIOJK, desist from measures to change the demographic structure of the Occupied Territory, withdraw its over 900,000 occupation troops and cease all human rights violations in the IIOJK forthwith.

Indian Cd’A was conveyed Pakistan’s principled position that lasting and durable peace in the region was contingent on the peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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