11 May, 2021

Azadi Triptych

After the killing of Burhan Wani last July, the top three ­Hurriyat leaders came together and jointly led the protests

Azadi Triptych

Syed Ali Geelani

The face of the Kashmir movement, Geelani was a government school teacher until joining Jamat-e-Islami in 1959. He became an MLA in 1972 and again in 1987, the year the Jamaat-e-Islami and other social and religious organisations formed the Muslim United Front (MUF) to take on the NC-Congress alliance. Md Yousuf Shah, who later headed Hizbul Mujahideen and the United Jehad Council, had also contested the allegedly rigged 1987 polls. In 1989, Geelani resigned from the J&K Assembly and took a lead role in separatist politics. Known as a ‘hardliner’, Geelani firmly believes the Kashmir issue can be solved in accordance with UN resolutions. He favours dialogue, but sets the condition that India should first accept Kashmir’s disputed status.

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