Octogenarian Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani on Friday completed seven years under house detention, a Hurriyat spokesperson said.

The spokesperson, according to a statement, said that no court has ever issued any formal detention order for Geelani’s detention.

Syed Ali Geelani (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Stressing that Geelani has been detained at gunpoint, the spokesperson strongly condemned the house detention of Geelani and said that the rule of law has been thrown to dust in Kashmir.

Geelani was placed under house arrest in 2010 during the National Conference led government under the chief ministership of Omar Abdullah.

Syed Ali Geelani addresses a mammoth gathering in Sopore town in 2014 when he was released briefly. KL File Image by Bilal Bhadur

He was briefly released just before the 2014 assembly elections during which he led massive rallies in southern and northern parts of Kashmir including Sopore, Kulgam and Kupwara.

However, later he was again put under house detention.

A Police Van standing against the main gate of office-cum-residence of Syed Ali Geelani. ( The van hardly moves from the gate.

Although the present coalition partner Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had raised much hue and cry about Geelani’s detention when it was in opposition, but, as soon as it came into power, it was no different towards Geelani.

During all these years Geelani was hardly ever allowed to offer congregational Friday prayers in a mosque.


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