In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyat leader and the icon of Kashmir Freedom Movement, Syed Ali Gilani, embraced martyrdom under detention in Srinagar on Wednesday night. He was 92.
Syed Ali Gilani was suffering from multiple ailments and continued to remain under house arrest for the last many years that took heavy toll on his health.
On the orders of the Indian government in 2015, the residence of Syed Ali Gilani was converted into a sub jail and the order was still in vogue. After converting Syed Ali Gilani’s residence and office at Hyderpora into a sub-jail, police also restricted the use of mobile and telephone services and barred the communication of the Hurriyat leaders and other office-bearers with the outer world.
The family sources of Syed Ali Gilani said that he developed serious complications on Wednesday afternoon and breathed his last in the night. “He had chest congestion and breathing problems. He passed away at 10:30 PM,” they said.
Syed Ali Gilani all along his life strived for the cause of freedom of Kashmir from Indian illegal occupation. He remained at the forefront of the Kashmiris’ struggle for right to self-determination. He remained associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir for most part of his life but later founded his own party by the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He led the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) until late quitting the pro-freedom amalgam due to his worsening health condition.
Syed Ali Gilani was a staunch opponent of Indian illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.
He remained passionate advocate of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan all along his life. The slogan ‘Hum Pakistani Hain, Pakistan Hamara Ha’ was coined by Syed Ali Gilani.
President Dr Arif Alvi had last year conferred Nishan-i-Pakistan, the country’s highest civil award, on Syed Ali Gilani in recognition of his decades-old struggle for Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
Saddened by the news of Geelani sahab’s passing away. We may not have agreed on most things but I respect him for his steadfastness & standing by his beliefs. May Allah Ta’aala grant him jannat & condolences to his family & well wishers.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) September 1, 2021