Pakistan Senate seeks highest civilian award for separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Pakistan Senate seeks highest civilian award for separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Pakistan’s Senate on Monday passed a resolution to award its highest civilian honor ‘Nishaan-e-Pakistan’ to Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

A resolution was passed by Pakistan's upper house on Monday, asking the government to confer the country’s highest civilian award on the separatist leader and former Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

As per reports, the resolution also sought the inclusion of Geelani’s life story in the school curriculum. The resolution also asked the Pakistan government to name an engineering university in Islamabad after Geelani.

The resolution seeking highest civilian award comes days after Syed Ali Shah Geelani announced his resignation from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

In an audio message, Geelani had last month made the announcement regarding his resignation and added that he was distancing himself from the Hurriyat Conference.

The 90-year-old hardliner, a life-long member of the Hurriyat who has mostly been in house arrest since 2010, had stated that "members are now free to choose their future course".

"In view of the present situation, I resign from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. I have informed all the constituents of the Hurriyat about the decision," Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said.

Geelani also cited "rebellion against the leadership" by cadres as one of the reasons.

The resignation of Geelani, one of the most prominent separatist leaders, was seen as a major development in Jammu and Kashmir politics. The Hurriyat Conference is the biggest separatist outfit in Kashmir and an amalgam of a number of secessionist parties. Geelani, 90, was a lifelong chairman of the Hurriyat.