LONDON: Pakistan flag was flying at half-mast at the Pakistan High Commission London on Thursday to observe a day of official mourning on the demise of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani.
Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Pakistan’s flag would fly at half-mast and a day of official mourning will be observed across the country following the passing away of Syed Ali Gilani.
Earlier in his condolence message, High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan said: “Deeply saddened on the passing away of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the towering icon of Kashmiri freedom struggle. Had the honour of meeting him on several occasions. His inspiring and unwavering commitment will continue to illuminate the way to Azadi.”
Meanwhile, The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Thursday strongly condemned action of Indian government to deny right to choose burial rites and site for Syed Ali Shah Geelani, an iconic Kashmiri leader.
Geelani for over seven decades peacefully supported human rights and freedoms of Kashmiri Muslims including their right to self-determination as enshrined in United Nations Security Council resolutions.
In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, the commission also said, “Also condemnable are Indian government actions in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to impose communication blockade by snapping internet, imposition of curfew and restrictive lockdown limiting freedom movement and assembly of Kashmiris to deny them to peacefully mourn and bid farewell to their beloved leader.”