Syed Ali Shah Geelani, arguably the most iconic face of Kashmiri separatist leader, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 92. Indian security agencies have imposed restrictions and suspended internet services across the valley.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, “Saddened by the news of Geelani sahab’s passing away. We may not have agreed on most things but I respect him for his steadfastness & standing by his beliefs. May Allah Ta’aala grant him jannat & condolences to his family & well wishers.”
Netizens have been paying tributes to Geelani, who was the face of the separatist politics in Kashmir on social media.
His words will always echo in my ears. Syed Ali Shah Geelani was an icon, an idol for Pakistanis and Kashmiris alike. The magnitude of his loss cannot be put into words. pic.twitter.com/50VhyIrPbq
— Rizwan (@Rizwow) September 1, 2021
He Was, He Is & He Will Be
The Syed Ali Shah Geelani ???? pic.twitter.com/ivbnrAzaPv
— Asif Tariq Bhat | آصف طاریق بٹ (@iambhatasif) September 1, 2021
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon
Tehreek e Azadi lives on
It lives on in us
Most likely curfew will be imposed in #Kashmir against our Quaid's jinazah
We'll be prevented frm mourning & celebrating the life of resistence Syed Ali Shah Geelani led
We Will Resist
As he taught pic.twitter.com/pcuYnH7WQn
— Muzzammil Ayyub Thakur (@M_A_Thakur) September 1, 2021
Scenes outside the residence of Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s in Hyderpora Srinagar.
Video: Whatsapp pic.twitter.com/I5Cm9iupw5
— Mohammad Abu Bakar (@journoabubakar) September 1, 2021
Syed Ali shah Geelani sahib passes away , end of an era . Allah jannat atta farmayin.
Deepest condolences to his family and well wishers and legion of followers.
— Shabnam Gani Lone (@shabnamlone) September 1, 2021
According to reports, only relatives would be allowed to the family of Geelani.
Geelani was the head of the hardline faction of the separatist group, the Hurriyat Conference, but had resigned after 27 years of association in June this year.