“Security concerns;” Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson dismissed from govt job

Photo: Mohmmad Abu Bakar/Maktoob

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday terminated the service of Anees-ul-Islam, the grandson of the tall leader of Kashmir resistance movement, Syed Ali Shah Geelani due to “security concerns”.

Anees had been working as a research officer at the government-controlled Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar.

“And whereas the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of Constitution of India that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an enquiry [in Anees-ul-Islam’s case]…. Accordingly, the Lt Governor hereby dismisses Mr Anees-ul-Islam… from service with immediate effect,” the government order stated, reported The Scroll.

While quoting unidentified official from the Valley, NDTV reported that there had been pressure “from top echelon in the government.”

“It is suspected that the appointment straightaway to a gazetted grade equivalent position in the government-funded and controlled SKICC was a deal to bring down violence during the Burhan Wani agitation between the then chief minister and Geelani,” the official further told the news channel.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, one of the most prominent figures in the Kashmiri resistance movement the leader of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, had died at the age of 92 on 1 September this year.

Family members told Maktoob that the Indian forces snatched his body from the family and buried him the same night, against the will of the family. Geelani, the veteran Kashmir leader had no family during the last rite.