Press TV, Islamabad
Thousands of people in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad attended funeral in absentia of iconic Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gillani. Kashmiri leader died during his detention at his home and Indian security forces took away his dead body and buried him to prevent fierce public reaction in disputed Kashmir region divided between Pakistan and India. Similar funerals held across Pakistan to pray for departed soul and mourn over his death.
People took to the streets to express their anger against India for aggravating the sufferings of Ali Gillani and Kashmiri people over the course of decades.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian charge d'affaires to protest of what it called New Delhi 's "shameless act of snatching" of dead body of veteran Kashmiri leader.
India annexed disputed Kashmir region in August 2019 in defiance of 11 UN Security Council resolutions which call for plebiscite allowing people to decide on whether they want to stay with India or join Pakistan. Since then the disputed territory has been under security clampdown with over a half million Indian military and paramilitary troops guarding the streets to prevent the widespread violent protests.
Pakistan is willing to hold referendum under the UN supervision. However, New Delhi has repeatedly refused to hold plebiscite given pro-Pakistan sentiments in only Muslim majority Indian state.
Despite harsh security measures over the course of decades, India has failed to contain freedom movement in disputed Kashmir region. Now India fears that US led NATO’s military defeat in neighbouring Afghanistan, would encourage more armed resistance against its rule in the disputed territory.