Srinagar, September 03 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum, on behalf of its incarcerated Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the demise of veteran resistance leader, Syed Ali Gilani, who passed away on Wednesday night after a prolonged house arrest.
Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to Syed Ali Gilani for his immense contribution and sacrifices on political and resistance fronts, saying the demise of Gilani Sahib has not only created a big void in the political corridors of Kashmir but also marked the completion of an era.
The Hurriyat forum paid homage to the veteran resistance leader for his consistency, steadfastness and courage and enduring time and again imprisonments and tortures in interrogation centres, saying the continuous house detention of Gilani Sahib despite his old age and various ailments became reasons for his ill health which ultimately led to his demise.
The Hurriyat forum on behalf of its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the entire leadership has expressed heartfelt condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family of Syed Ali Gilani, especially his sons Naseem Gilani and Naeem Gilani, and prayed for Jannat-ul-Firdous to the departed soul.
The forum termed it unfortunate that the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has spent a long time with Syed Ali Gilani in his political journey, could not participate in the funeral prayers of the deceased leader as he continues to be under house arrest for more than two years now.
The Hurriyat forum also said that the people were not allowed to participate in the funeral prayers of Syed Ali Gilani as strict restrictions and curbs were imposed across the Valley, which was extremely shameful and exposed the authoritarian mindset of the Indian authorities.