New Delhi: As the rumour about the critical health condition of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani started spreading, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday night has beefed up security in the valley.
Issuing a statement from Muzaffarabad (Pakistan Occupied Jammu & Kashmir), the All Parties Hurriyet (Freedom) Conference said that all Imams and people should gather at Eidgah, Srinagar, for the funeral in case Geelani breaths his last.
However, sources at the Central government in the national capital said that Geelani’s health condition is serious but stable.
Media reports also suggested that Geelani had passed away on Friday evening. However, his son Naseem Geelani refuted the reports and said that his father was stable and alive.
Issuing a two-page statement, the Hurriyet announced that Geelani (90) has recently expressed his wish to be buried at the Mazar-e-Shuhada, Eidgah in Srinagar.
The Hurriyet has also urged the people of the Valley to be respectful to the leader and join the funeral (in case he passes away).
The Hurriyet in the written statement said that for the last few days, the chest infection of Geelani was not responding to the ongoing treatment.
“There are rumours in the Valley about Geelani’s health condition. Till late night, nothing adverse has been reported. We are taking stock of the situation,” Srinagar Police said in a statement. A senior most Hurriyat leader, Geelani was earlier a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir but later on founded his own party by the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.
(With inputs from IANS)