Govt did ‘great sin’ by not allowing Amanullah’s funeral in absentia: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Senior pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said the ruling coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir had committed a “great sin” by not allowing mourners to offer funeral in absentia of deceased pro-freedom ideologue Amanullah Khan at Srinagar’s business hub Lal Chowk today.

The octogenarian leader said the restrictions imposed by the government were a direct interference into the religious affairs of people and it would “not be tolerated” in anyway.

“The government had committed a great sin which will not be forgiven by the Almighty Allah,” Geelani said, in a statement issued here. “The people of this region are barred to follow their faith and even the funeral prayers are banned here.”

Geelani said a deceased person is respected in a civilized society and his last rites are not bothered by anyone, even if the rulers have any difference with the deceased. “Government of Jammu and Kashmir has no respect for the laws or the moral values and this state is practically ruled by the martial law,” he said.

He said the government was trying to “act as more loyal than the king” and it had established a “Gunda Raj” (hooliganism) in the state.

Pertinently, pro-freedom leaders were stopped from reaching Srinagar’s business hub Lal Chowk on Wednesday where they wanted to offer funeral in absentia Amanullah Khan. Police imposed strict restriction in and around Lal Chowk since early morning and also detained JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Malik. However, thousands of people participated in funeral prayers in absentia held in other parts of Kashmir, especially in Kupwara district.