Washington DC, 2 September 2022 (TDI): Pakistan Embassy in the United States (US) organized a webinar to commemorate the death anniversary of Kashmiri resistance leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

A tribute was paid to him for his resistance against the Indian state atrocities. Several important people from academia and other fields participated in the webinar that glorified the heroism of Geelani during his struggle in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Masood Khan paid his tribute to the veteran Kashmiri leader, Geelani. He added that today the whole country marks the first death anniversary of Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

He recalled his continuous will of him for the human rights and self-determination of Kashmiris in the webinar organized by the Pakistan Embassy.

The remarks from Shaista Safi, a Kashmiri journalist, were that the Geelani left a great legacy behind. Safi said that the duty lies with them now that they continue the hard work for freedom in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Other participants spoke during the webinar and promoted the humanitarian aspect of the issue of Kashmir. He added that occupation by India in Jammu and Kashmir will have long-standing issues for the stability, security, and peace in South Asia.

It was also added during the webinar that the struggles of Syed Ali Shah Geelani must be appreciated. Geelani was described as a leader who stood for human rights and struggled for the freedom of oppressed people.

Kashmiri leadership encouraged the rise of youth

Muzammil Ayub Thakur, a Kashmiri leader, attended the webinar and shared his views. He also gave tribute to the late Kashmiri leader, Geelani.

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M. Ayub Thakur encouraged the youth to come out and increase the intensity of resistance against the occupying Indian authorities.

Remarks of American and British experts

A renowned analyst in the US, Wesley Martin made a statement about the heroism of Syed Ali Shah Geelani. He added that Geelani was no different than those international leaders that raised voices for freedom.

He lived a life in which he sacrificed everything for the struggle for freedom and justice in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

An author of the UK, Victoria Schofield added that Geelani was a man of utmost conviction. His struggle for the sake of Kashmiris and injustice against Jammu and Kashmir will always be remembered.

Raising of voice against the change of demographics

Dr. Farhan Chak also presented his remarks on the change in demographics inside Indian-occupied Kashmir. He further added that India’s unilateral actions of manipulating the population number are a mockery of the free will of Kashmiris.

Last year, Syed Ali Shah Geelani died during his house arrest in Srinagar, Indian-occupied Kashmir. Syed Geelani was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir until 1993.

Later he resigned and founded Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He also served as the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC).

He has inspired three generations of Kashmiris in their strife for the right to self-determination through his utmost efforts.