Pakistan condemns ‘snatching’ of body of Kashmiri leader Ali Geelani from his family

Indian forces enforce curfew as veteran Hurriyat leader Geelani laid to rest in IIOJK

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: 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.

"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.

Syed Ali Geelani was laid to rest at a mosque in Haiderpora, Srinagar early Thursday as Indian security forces imposed a security clampdown in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

As soon as announcements were made from local mosques to call people for Geelani’s funeral, the occupation forces used coercive measures to dissuade people from coming out of their homes.

Several Hurriyat leaders and activists including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza were taken into custody by the Indian authorities as well. Mobile phone and internet services have also been suspended in the occupied valley.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders had also appealed to the people of the besieged valley to come out of their homes and protest against the Indian regime. They also urged people to hold funerals in absentia for the senior Hurriyat leader across the occupied territory.

The APHC leaders have further asked the people to march towards Eidgah in Srinagar to pay tribute to Geelani and urged the residents of AJK and IIOJK to observe a complete shutdown against Geelani’s ‘custodial killing’.