Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Kashmiri separatist leader

Syed Ali Shah Geelani was an Islamist, pro-Pakistan separatist leader in Jammu and Kashmir, regarded as the father of insurgency in Kashmir. He was a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir between 1953 and 2004, and regarded as one of its top leaders. He left Jamaat in 2004 and founded Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a key constituent of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), a conglomeration of separatist parties in Kashmir. Geelani served as the Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference until he quit the group in June 2020. Geelani was also a three-time Member of the Legislative Assembly from the Sopore constituency, elected on a Jamaat-e-Islami ticket in 1972, 1977 and in 1987. He was the most popular leader in Kashmir after the death of Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah. People affectionately call him โ€œBabโ€ or โ€œFatherโ€. He was widely seen as a determined, honest and incorruptible leader.

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