FO summons Indian diplomat over ‘shameless snatching’ of Syed Ali Geelani’s body

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday summoned the Indian charge d’affaires to the Foreign Office to condemn India’s "shameless snatching” 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.

"The Indian charge d’affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office today 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,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

It was also conveyed to the envoy that India’s actions were a "blatant violation” of international humanitarian laws and all tenets of civil and human rights, the FO added.

Geelani, who passed away on Wednesday, was buried in a tightly controlled pre-dawn ceremony on Thursday morning as Indian authorities imposed a lockdown across Indian-occupied Kashmir.

He was buried at a cemetery near his home in the main city of Srinagar, a police source told AFP. Only a small number of his relatives were present, including two of his sons, the source added.

In its statement Friday, the FO noted that authorities in Indian-occupied Kashmir had repeatedly "resorted to indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiris protesting [the forces’] inhuman conduct”.