September 18, 2021

Kashmir separatist icon Syed Ali Shah Gilani has died at the age of 92

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Indian authorities closed security in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday night following the death of 92-year-old separatist icon Syed Ali Gilani.

The family erected barbed wire and barricades on the roads leading to Gilani’s home in the central city of Srinagar after the death was announced.

Announcements were made through loudspeakers at the main mosque near Gilani’s residence, telling people to march home.

But police said no one was involved. Kashmir The valley will be allowed to leave its homes. Thousands of security forces were immediately deployed and mobile internet services were cut off throughout the area.

Armored vehicles and trucks patrolled several roads in Srinagar.

Gilani was a non-compromising campaigner against Indian rule in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, which has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947.

He spent many years in prison and has been under house arrest for most of the last 11 years. He had been suffering from heart and kidney problems for several months.

Pakistan One of the first people to pay tribute to Prime Minister Imran Khan Gilani, he said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by the death of a “Kashmiri freedom fighter”.

Khan said Gilani had “fought all his life for his people and their right to self-determination. He endured the hardships of imprisonment at the hands of the occupying Indian state but remained steadfast.”

Pakistani cricket legend Shahid Afridi also tweeted a tribute.

“The Kashmir War of Independence has taken away many of our elders who have carried the weight of this movement for decades,” he wrote. “Let us continue their courage and legacy.”

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Gilani has been a thorn in India’s side since the early 1960s, when he launched a campaign for the integration of the region with Pakistan. He also pursued himself. Separatist As a member of Kashmir Assembly.

Experienced politicians spent about 10 years in prison after 1962 and were often confined to their homes after that.

Since his youth, Gilani has been a member of Jamaat-e-Islami, the largest political and religious organization in Indian Kashmir, which was banned by the Hindu nationalist government in 2019.

He rejected any notion of direct talks with the New Delhi government unless it formally “accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory” and stopped calling the region an “integral part of India”. کردے۔ Governments of all political persuasions insist on Kashmir’s sovereignty.

Gilani was also fiercely critical of the failed attempts at dialogue between India and Pakistan – nuclear-armed rivals who fought two of their three wars over Kashmir since independence and came close to a fourth war in 2016.

There were critics in Kashmir of his hardline stance.

Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Kashmir, said on Twitter: “We may not agree on most things but I respect them for their steadfastness and adherence to their beliefs.”

Kashmir is one of the most militarized areas in the world, with 500,000 Indian security forces stationed in the region. Tens of thousands, mainly civilians, have been killed since the uprising began in 1989.

India has struggled to restore normalcy in Kashmir after revoking Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status and dividing it into two Centrally Controlled Areas in August 2019.

The current security shutdown shut down mobile internet services for more than a year. Many political leaders have been arrested and many are still at large.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the move was aimed at bringing peace and prosperity to Kashmir. The separatist leaders said it was to punish the Muslim population.

(AFP)

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