Mehbooba censors Indian government on last Geelani rites
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Mehbooba Mufti said the treatment of the body of veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani was unwarranted, noting that one can fight with a living person, but the body should not be indifferent.
Speaking to the media, the Kashmiri leader said videos and reports showed residents of illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) were disappointed, KMS reported. She said, “You can fight with a person when they are alive, but once they are dead you have to respect the body like everyone else. “
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Responding to a question about the prosecution of Geelani’s family for waving slogans and covering her body with the Pakistani flag, she said India being the “greatest democratic country should not have behaved in this way. “.
“The government should have allowed the family to perform the last rites of Geelani according to their wishes,” she said.
Mehbooba added that she too had differences with the iconic Kashmiri leader, but the corpse should not be indifferent, saying that “what we saw was against humanity. Everyone’s last wishes must be respected. The incident we witnessed was contrary to the cultural identity of India.
She added that no one can force anyone to love or hate a leader on the barrel of a gun.
Separately, speakers at a rally paid tribute to Kashmir’s iconic leader.
Syed Ali Geelani was the epitome of Kashmiri’s struggle for freedom from Indian occupation and he will be long remembered and honored for his great sacrifices and his vision of leadership for the Kashmiri people.
This was the consensus of the speakers during the “Special Reference to Commemorate the Struggles of the Grand Chief of Kashmir Syed Ali Geelani” organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
The president of the Organization for Peace and Culture, Mushaal Mullick, said the late leader showed the same level of resistance from the start of his political life until his last breath.
She said they would push forward the message of the iconic Kashmiri leader. “Even after his death, the occupying forces fear him in illegally occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and have denied the people a final farewell,” she added.
Altaf Hussain Wani, program director, Kashmiri Institute of International Relations (PIIR) said Geelani has faced all kinds of oppression with courage and bravery.
The life of Geelani Sahab would be a great source of inspiration for future generations to fight against injustices and the subjugation of nations, he added.
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SDPI executive director Dr Abid Suleri said the Kashmiri leader lived as a hero and died as a martyr. Geelani has always remained true to his principles and has never compromised on his position. Therefore, he had to face the wrath of the Indian government throughout his life, he added.
His obsession with Kashmir being part of Pakistan was not just a political manifesto, but it was his faith, ”said Dr Suleri.
The director of the Legal Forum for the Oppressed Voices of Kashmir, Nasir Qadri, while paying tribute to Geelani, said his stance on the continued struggle against oppression gave him the name of the leader of the resistance.