Syed Ali Geelani, a veteran Kashmiri resistance leader, passes away in Srinagar

Former chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Confer­ence and a symbol of Kashmir’s freedom movement, Syed Ali Geelani died on Wednesday in Srinagar. Despite being under house arrest for the last 11 years, he was an uncompromising campaigner against Indian rule. He has been suffering from a serious illness for several months.

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He was born in 1929, in a village located near Wular Lake in the Baramulla district of Kashmir. He opposed the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India and led the struggle for self-determination of the Kashmiri people.

The funeral prayers of Syed Ali Geelani will be offered today at Mazar-e-Shuhada, according to his representative Abdullah Gilani. People in different parts of the country were prohibited from leaving their homes. Abdullah said Kashmiris are not even allowed to see the face of their beloved leader for the last time. India has deployed its army heavily to prevent attendees from traveling from other cities to attend the funeral.

Source: The News