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FIR registered against Syed Geelani’s family for raising ‘pro-independence slogans’

Geelani passed away on Wednesday in Srinagar. (Source: Google)

SRINAGAR: India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) police have registered a case against the family of recently deceased veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for raising pro-independence slogans.

According to several media reports, the case has been registered at the Budgam police station for “raising pro-independence slogans”. Moreover, it was reported that the case has also been registered in view of the fact that Geelani’s body was wrapped in the green and white flag of Pakistan prior to his burial.

The bereaved family chanted slogans in favour of independence and Pakistan as his body was taken away. They were tortured and locked in a room by Indian forces, according to media reports.

Geelani’s death

Geelani passed away on Wednesday in the Indian-occupied Kashmir city of Srinagar. According to Kashmir Media Service, the veteran Kashmiri leader was 92.

He was an uncompromising campaigner against Indian rule and had been under house arrest for the past 11 years. He had been ill for several months. He was suffering from multiple ailments and the continued house arrest had taken a heavy toll on his health, KMS said.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy

A day earlier, Pakistan summoned Indian Charge d’ Affaires to condemn India’s inhuman handling of veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s body from his family and disallowing his burial to be held in accordance with his will.

In a statement, the Foreign Office said, “The Indian envoy 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, was in “blatant violation” of International Humanitarian Law and all tenets of civil and human rights.

The foreign office noted that authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) had repeatedly “resorted to indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiris protesting the forces’ inhuman conduct”.