Pakistan Senate seeks conferment of country’s highest civil award on separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Syed Ali Shah Geelani (File Photo/Facebook)

Islamabad: Senate of Pakistan, the upper house of parliament, passed a resolution, lauding Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, calling on the government to confer him with the country’s highest civil award “Nishan-e-Pakistan”. This is a shocking affront to the Government of India and once again highlights Pakistans unequivocal support to Kashmiri separatist hawks like Geelani. It will obviously evoke a strong response from an already angry Indian government which has fulminated against Pakistan’s 30 year proxy war in Kashmir. The resolution was unanimously passed in the Senate of Pakistan with a complete consensus over what they called “relentless” struggle of Syed Ali Geelani. The move comes in wake of the one-year completion of revocation of special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by the Modi government. On August 5, 2019, India abrogated Article 370 and 35A and changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories. Syed Ali Geelani, leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat has been supportive of Pakistan’s case against India on Kashmir, calling for independence from India and unification with Pakistan.

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