FO condemns Indian forces for taking Geelani's body in custody forcibly

Veteran Kashmiri leader's house raided, family harassed during funeral preparations

Our Correspondent September 02, 2021
Asim Iftikhar. PHOTO: EXPRESS


The Foreign Office condemned on Thursday the occupation forces in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K) for forcibly taking into custody the body of Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani ahead of his funeral.

According to Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar, a raid was carried out at the house of the late leader at the time of the preparation for his funeral. He observed that the occupation forces also harassed Geelani's family of during the raid.

The spokesperson urged the international community to hold India accountable over its inhumane actions in IIOJK.

He quoted the Indian government as saying that it wouldn't allow the burial at its designated place.

Iftikhar went on to add that, "The Indian government is fearful of Syed Ali Geelani even after his demise."

He said the Kashmiri leader was being subjected to an inhumane treatment even after his death.

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"It is reflective of the rage, tyranny and barbarianism of the Indian occupation forces," he remarked.

India, the spokesperson maintained, has been violating all civil and human rights norms in the occupied valley.

Iftikhar noted that the Indian media was reporting the burial of the Hurriyat leader and the imposition of a curfew in the held valley.

The spokesperson urged the international community to take notice of Indian government's unjustifiable behaviour.

Geelani's demise

The veteran leader passed away in Srinagar late Wednesday at the age of 92.

His demise prompted the Indian authorities to impose a security clampdown in IIOJK. The occupation forces put up barbed wire and barricades on roads leading to his house in the main city of Srinagar after the family announced the death.

The police said that no one in the valley would be allowed to leave their homes. Thousands of security forces were immediately deployed and mobile internet services were suspended across the valley.

Scores of armoured vehicles and trucks patrolled main roads in Srinagar.


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