Syed Ali Geelani

  • Boycott 2014 Lok Sabha polls: Geelani to Kashmiris November 2, 2013

    Srinagar: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Friday called for a boycott of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls that will be followed by the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections. Geelani was addressing a gathering after Friday prayers in north Kashmir's Sopore town, 54 km from summer capital Srinagar. He said solutions...
  • Srinagar: Preparations for Zubin Mehta's concert on despite opposition from separatists August 31, 2013

    The much-talked-about Zubin Mehta concert in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, scheduled for Sep 7 is on course, despite opposition from separatist politicians, officials said. The 90-minute concert would be telecast live in over 50 countries. Zubin Mehta is scheduled to arrive in a special plane along with...
  • Separatists call for shutdown in Kashmir, normal life hit August 17, 2013

    Normal life in this Jammu and Kashmir summer capital and other major towns of the valley was partially affected on Saturday due to a shutdown called by separatists. Shops and other businesses and educational institutions were closed, but both public and private transport moved on several roads despite the shutdown. Government offices,...
  • Policy on Kashmir forcing youth to take up arms: Geelani June 14, 2013

    Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday claimed the "aggressive" and "stubborn" policy of the Centre on Kashmir was forcing the youth of the Valley to take up arms. "India's aggressive and stubborn policy will bear more terrible results in future and it is because of this...
  • Geelani welcomes Verma panel's recommendation on AFSPA January 25, 2013

    Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani has hailed the recommendations of Justice JS Verma Commission regarding the review of AFSPA and remarks with regards to armed forces personnel guilty of sexual crimes, saying it is justified and a welcome step. "Though the (armed) forces, paramilitary and police personnel...
  • Kashmiri separatist leaders under house arrest August 20, 2012

    Srinagar: Authorities on Monday placed all senior Kashmiri separatist leaders under house arrest to maintain law and order during the congregational Eid prayers in Srinagar. "These measures have been taken to ensure that nobody disturbs peace and tranquility in the city on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr," a police official said. Those placed...
  • Farooq Abdullah clarifies on Gujarat remarks August 29, 2011

    Srinagar: Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah on Monday said his remarks made in Gujarat were secular and meant no disrespect to Islam. In a statement issued here, Dr Abdullah said, "On a recent visit to Gujarat, I had an occasion to make a speech in which I...
  • Separatists call for Kashmir shutdown November 6, 2010

    Srinagar: Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called for a three-day shutdown in the Kashmir Valley beginning Saturday to coincide with US President Barack Obama's visit to India. The authorities, however, did not impose any curfew here. "It does not matter whether anybody talks about us or not. The fact is...
  • Geelani gives a call to boycott interlocutors October 25, 2010

    Srinagar: Hardline Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday announced a boycott of the central government's interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir and appealed to residents not to meet them. Addressing the media at his Hyderpora residence, where the octogenarian separatist leader was put under house arrest immediately on arrival from...
  • No curfew in Valley despite separatist shutdown October 2, 2010

    Srinagar: Authorities did not impose curfew or restrictions in Srinagar on Saturday even though separatists called for a shutdown across Kashmir Valley. "There are no restrictions anywhere in Srinagar city on Saturday. Also, there are no restrictions anywhere in north and central Kashmir areas," a police officer said here. "Preventive restrictions...
  • Curfew re-imposed in Kashmir after Friday deaths August 14, 2010

    Srinagar: A day after 4 protestors died in police firing across Jammu and Kashmir, curfew has been re-imposed in the Kashmir Valley. The only places where there is no curfew are Ganderbal, Bandipore and Awantipore. With Friday's killings, the total number of protesters killed in violence since June 11 has gone...
  • Geelani rejects talks offer, Mirwaiz silent August 7, 2010

    Srinagar: The offer of "quiet dialogue" by union Home Minister P Chidambaram has not gone down too well with separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir with hardline leader Syed Ali Geelani rejecting it saying it was an attempt to "discredit him" as he had not softened his stand. The pro-azadi Jammu...
  • Geelani appeals for peace; one more killed in J-K August 5, 2010

    Srinagar: One more person was killed in police firing in the Bemina area here on Wednesday night, taking the toll in the latest spurt of violence to 28. Two government buildings in Kupwara and Sopore were also set on fire by protesters. Train services between Qazigund and Baramulla have been...
  • Violence has no place in Kashmir: Geelani August 4, 2010

    Srinagar: Stating that Kashmiris must be seen as the "oppressed and not as oppressors", hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday warned people against acts of arson and violence like stone pelting. The chief of the hardline faction of Jammu and Kashmir's Hurriyat Conference was addressing a press conference at...
  • Hurriyat plans march in Valley, curfew imposed July 16, 2010

    Srinagar: Authorities imposed curfew and restricted the movement of civilians across Srinagar on Friday to thwart the march to Batamaloo by the Syed Ali Geelani faction of Hurriyat Conference. Security deployment has been increased in other towns of Kashmir Valley. There is tension in the Valley since the march is...
  • Separatist group shutdown affects life in Srinagar December 11, 2009

    Srinagar: Life was affected across the summer capital Srinagar on Friday following a shutdown called by hardline senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. Shops, businesses and educational institutions in both the old and uptown areas of the Srinagar city remained closed. Attendance in banks and government offices was adversely hit as...
  • Strict security dulls Hurriyat bandh in Kashmir June 19, 2009

    Srinagar: Strict restrictions were put in place in several places in the Kashmir Valley on Friday to foil a march called by separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani. Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in strength in the north Kashmir towns of Sopore and Baramulla where the...
  • J-K separatist leaders under house arrest ahead of polls April 29, 2009

    Srinagar: Senior separatist leaders, including head of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, were on Friday placed under house arrest to avoid "law and order problems", police in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir said. While the Mirwaiz was restrained by security forces from moving out...