SRINAGAR: Veteran Hurriyat leader and the icon of Kashmir Freedom Movement, Syed Ali Gilani, has been laid to rest in tight military siege at Haiderpora in Srinagar early Thursday morning.
The occupation authorities had put strict restrictions on the movement of the people and the whole area was cordoned off.
Gilani was buried at 4:30 am Thursday at a cemetery near his home in the main city of Srinagar, a police said. Only a small number of his relatives were present, including two of his sons.
Gilani, the most outspoken critic of India who spent several years in jail or under house arrest, had wanted to be buried at the Martyrs Cemetery in Srinagar.
But authorities rejected that request, the police source said. The occupation forces not only restricted the proper burial rites but also scaled up curfew restrictions as the whole area was cordoned off.
The brute Indian authorities did not allow Kashmiri people to attend his funeral fearing agitation amongst the occupied masses.
Only the bereaved family members and some close relatives were allowed to participate in the funeral prayers and to have a last glimpse of the martyred leader.
Indian army had laid restrictions all across the occupied valley to prevent mammoth gathering on the funeral of veteran resistance figure.
Soon after the news of Syed Ali Gilani’s demise spread out, announcements were made from mosques around Srinagar calling out people to come out of their homes to pay homage to the Hurriyat legend.
However, Indian authorities used coercive measures to dissuade people from coming out of their homes. Several Hurriyat leaders and activists including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza have been rounded up by the Indian authorities as well.
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference has also fervently appealed to the people of Kashmir to come out of their homes and hold large protest against the cruelty of Modi regime.
The APHC has asked people to hold Gaibana Namaz-e-Janza (funerals in absentia) in every nook and corner of the occupied territory.
The appeal has also been made to the Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora and peace loving people all across the globe to hold protests and Gaibana Namaz-e-Janaza all across the globe.
It is to be mentioned here that the leader was under house arrest for the last many years.
A brief profile
Syed Ali Gilani was born on September 29, 1929 in a village on the banks of Wular lake in Sopore area of Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
He remained a staunch opponent of India’s illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and lead the Kashmiris’ struggle for their right to self-determination.
Since his youth Gilani had been a member of Jamaat-i-Islami, the largest political-religious organization in Kashmir that was banned by the Hindu nationalist government in 2019. Later on, he founded his own party by the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
Gilani had been a thorn in India’s side since the early 1960s when he began campaigning for the territory’s merger with Pakistan. He also pursued his separatist calls as a member of the Kashmir assembly, from the Sopore constituency of Jammu and Kashmir, elected three times – 1972, 1977 and 1987.
The veteran politician was jailed for nearly 10 years after 1962 and often restricted to his home after that. He also served as the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a forum of freedom parties in Jammu and Kashmir, from which he stepped down last year.