Indian authorities imposed a safety clampdown in disputed Kashmir late Wednesday after the loss of life of separatist icon Syed Ali Geelani on the age of 92.
Troops put up barbed wire and barricades on roads resulting in Geelani’s home in the principle metropolis of Srinagar after the household introduced the loss of life.
Bulletins had been made out of loudspeakers of the principle mosque close to Geelani’s residence asking folks to march in direction of the home.
However police stated nobody within the Kashmir valley can be allowed to depart their houses. 1000’s of safety forces had been instantly deployed and cellular web providers had been reduce throughout the realm.
Scores of armoured autos and vans patrolled principal roads in Srinagar.
Geelani was an uncompromising campaigner towards Indian rule within the Muslim-majority Himalayan area divided between India and Pakistan since 1947.
He spent years in jail and had been below home arrest for many of the previous 11 years. He had been ailing for a number of months with coronary heart and kidney issues.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was among the many first to pay tribute to Geelani, saying on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” on the loss of life of the “Kashmiri freedom fighter”.
Khan stated that Geelani had “struggled all his life for his folks and their proper to self-determination. He suffered incarceration and torture by the occupying Indian state however remained resolute.”
Pakistani cricket legend Shahid Afridi additionally tweeted in tribute.
“The struggle for Kashmir’s freedom has taken so a lot of our elders who’ve carried the burden of this motion for many years,” he wrote. “Could we feature on their braveness and legacy.”
Geelani had been a thorn in India’s facet for the reason that early Sixties when he started campaigning for the territory’s merger with Pakistan. He additionally pursued his separatist calls as a member of the Kashmir meeting.
The veteran politician was jailed for practically 10 years after 1962 and sometimes restricted to his dwelling after that.
Since his youth, Geelani had been a member of Jamaat-i-Islami, the most important political-religious organisation in Indian Kashmir that was banned by the Hindu nationalist authorities in 2019.
He rejected any notion of direct talks with the New Delhi authorities except it formally “accepts Kashmir as a disputed territory” and stopped describing the area as an “integral a part of India”. Governments of all political colors insist on sovereignty over Kashmir.
Geelani was additionally a staunch critic of the sporadic however failed makes an attempt at dialogue between India and Pakistan — nuclear-armed rivals that fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir and got here near a fourth one in 2016.
His hardline stance additionally had critics in Kashmir.
Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of Kashmir, stated on Twitter: “We could not have agreed on most issues however I respect him for his steadfastness and standing by his beliefs.”
Kashmir is likely one of the world’s most militarised zones, with 500,000 Indian safety forces deployed within the area. Tens of hundreds, primarily civilians, have died since an insurgency erupted in 1989.
India has been struggling to deliver regular life again to Kashmir after it cancelled the area’s semi-autonomous standing and divided it into two centrally managed territories in August 2019.
A safety clampdown imposed on the time noticed cellular web providers reduce for greater than a yr. Scores of political leaders had been detained and plenty of are nonetheless not free.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated the transfer was supposed to deliver peace and prosperity to Kashmir. Separatist leaders stated it was to punish the Muslim inhabitants.