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Kashmir’s tallest anti-India resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani is no more

Syed Ali Geelani, the indomitable anti-India resistance leader passed away late on Wednesday, Kashmir-based journalists quoting family sources said.

Geelani, who hailed from Sopore in North Kashmir, was 92.

His family members told journalists that Geelani passed away at his Hyderapora residence in Srinagar.

He was born in 1929.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted to offer her condolences. She wrote: “Saddened by the news of Geelani sahab’s passing away. We may not have agreed on most things but I respect him for his steadfastness & standing by his beliefs. May Allah Ta’aala grant him jannat & condolences to his family & well wishers.

“He had chest congestion and breathing problems. He passed away at 10:30 PM,” family sources said.

Geelani was ailing for a long time and was under house detention since 2008 at his Hyderpora residence.

Last year, he announced his resignation as All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman.

He was previously a member of Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir but later on founded Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He has served as the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of pro-azaadi parties in Jammu and Kashmir.

He was an MLA from Sopore constituency of Jammu and Kashmir in 1972, 1977 and in 1987.

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