Father’s death ‘cemented Geelani’s anti-India stand’: Wikileaks

In the latest string of leaked diplomatic US cables- Wikileaks has claimed that Pro-resistance leader and chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani turned “anti-India due to the death of his father”.

According to the leaked cables, Geelani was “imprisoned when his father died and was not allowed to participate in his funeral which resulted in his anti India views”.

The cable while profiling the octogenarian leader said, Geelani joined Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) in 1950, and was first arrested in August 1962 for separatist activities. During his 13-month imprisonment, his father died; Indian authorities, refusal to allow him to attend the funeral cemented his anti-India views.

The leaked cable added: “Geelani has in the past accepted India’s sovereignty over J&K, contesting the Legislative Assembly elections thrice (1972, 1977 and 1987) and winning all, the first two on a Jamaat ticket and the third as candidate of the Muslim United Front (MUF). He resigned from the Assembly in 1989 after the insurgency began.”

“The Embassy has maintained a “no contact” policy with him since 2001 because of his continuing ties with terrorist groups in the Valley and his refusal to renounce violence. Most major Embassies follow our lead, but a small number of human rights and NGO activists meet him,” the cable says.

Talking about the Geelani’s imprisonments, the cable says, “He has spent more than ten years in different prisons inside and outside J&K for espousing Kashmir’s merger with Pakistan.