Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani passes away aged 92; internet services suspended in valley


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.

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.