Pakistan Gives Geelani Its Highest Civilian Award

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SRINAGAR: The Pakistani Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution conferring the country’s highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, on Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, besides proposing an engineering university in his name, reported Times Of India. The award came days after Geelani raked up a big controversy by resigning from the faction of Hurriyat he was leading.

According to a report published in the newspaper The Times Of India, the resolution was moved by Jamaat-i-Islami senator Mushtaq Ahmad and passed unanimously with a voice vote. The Senate also decided to hold its session in the “legislative assembly” of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) on August 5, which marks the first anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 in J&K.

“The resolution lauded Geelani’s “the selfless and relentless struggle and sacrifices” of Geelani for the “right to self-determination” of the people of J&K, and proposed inclusion of the ‘life and struggle’ of Geelani in the country’s academic curriculum,” the report said.

“The development comes less than a month after Geelani quit his Hurriyat faction and named Rawalpindi-based Abdullah Geelani as successor,” reported The Times Of India. Geelani, according to reports is seriously unwell.

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