Not to talk about common man, a son of one of the separatist leaders questioned the integrity of the ‘pro freedom’ leaders towards so called movement.
Junaid Qureshi, a rights activist and son of J&K Democratic Liberation Party chairman and separatist leader Hashim Qureshi said, “If jihad (Islamic war) is so pious, why don’t Kashmiri separatists or their children pick up guns? Why are their children tucked away in safe places?”
A little research would reveal that the children of the separatist leaders are opting for education and career-oriented approaches rather than wielding guns and pelting stones. In another summer of protests, 41 Kashmiri youth have lost their lives and over 3,100 have been reportedly injured, but the sons, daughters and siblings of rabble-rousing leaders are conspicuous by their absence from the crowds.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, 86, hardline separatist leader of the conglomerate of the separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir—All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC)—has not been able to convince his children of his ideology. “His elder son Nayeem Geelani and his wife Bajiya are practicing medicine in Rawalpindi (Pakistan) and his younger son lives in South Delhi. One of his daughters Farhat Geelani is a teacher in Jeddah and her husband is working as an engineer there,” sources said.
None of his sons have intentions of following in their father’s footsteps. All of Geelani’s grandchildren are studying in leading Christian missionary schools. His cousin Ghulam Nabi Fall is presently in London. SAS Geelani is not the only leader, who has chosen to keep his children from harm’s way.
Sarwar Yakub, son of the spokespersons of the Geelani-led faction of APHC Ayaz Akbar, is presently studying management in Pune. A son of Hurriyat leader Abdul Aziz Dar alias General Moosa’s has studied Computer Applications and another is in the Animal Husbandry Department.
General Moosa had earned the moniker for being the active member of the proscribed terrorist group of Hizbul in 1990s. He played a crucial role in triggering and sustaining stone-pelting protests in Kashmir in 2010. Asiya Andrabi heads the Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Her elder son is pursuing Bachelor’s of Info Tech at Islamic University of Malyasia.