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SAS Geelani, former chairman Hurriyat Conference, at a protest in Srinagar in 2016.(Reuters Archives)

Pakistan on lookout for new voice to lead Hurriyat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Harinder Baweja
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 04:04 AM IST
In a surprise move, 91-year-old SAS Geelani who was the separatist group’s “chairman for life” resigned from the faction of the Hurriyat he headed.
Local police officers claim that they removed restrictions around the Jamia Masjid on November 22 itself, but that people (and the management of the mosque) refused to hold prayers till the security forces deployed around the mosque were removed.(AP)
Local police officers claim that they removed restrictions around the Jamia Masjid on November 22 itself, but that people (and the management of the mosque) refused to hold prayers till the security forces deployed around the mosque were removed.(AP)

Friday prayers at Srinagar mosque after 19 weeks

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2019 08:42 AM IST
Jamia Masjid or the Grand Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Kashmir; Friday sermons delivered by the Mirwaiz- e –Kashmir hold major political significance in Kashmir.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General Ranbir Singh visits north Kashmir to review the prevailing security situation in the region on Friday. The Army Commander visited the formations and units in north Kashmir deployed along the Line of Control and hinterland(ANI Photo)
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lt General Ranbir Singh visits north Kashmir to review the prevailing security situation in the region on Friday. The Army Commander visited the formations and units in north Kashmir deployed along the Line of Control and hinterland(ANI Photo)

Curbs eased but Kashmir markets remain shuttered

Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 06:10 AM IST
The city, however, continued to wear a deserted look as people preferred to remain indoors, and the traffic was very thin on the roads.
Security personnel stand guard during the restrictions in Jammu on Friday.(ANI photo)
Security personnel stand guard during the restrictions in Jammu on Friday.(ANI photo)

India urges Pakistan to accept reality; J&K curbs eased

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Srinagar/Jammu | By Rezaul H Laskar and Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:27 PM IST
Peace prevailed amid heavy security deployment, boding well for the celebration of Eid-ul-Azha, the Islamic religious occasion known as the festival of the sacrifice, on Monday.
A four-member Kashmiri Pandit group, which met separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday to discuss the return of their displaced community to the Valley, on Friday accused the state and central governments of not being serious about their homecoming.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A four-member Kashmiri Pandit group, which met separatist Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday to discuss the return of their displaced community to the Valley, on Friday accused the state and central governments of not being serious about their homecoming.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Govts have done nothing, says Pandits’ group

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 09:53 AM IST
The Kashmiri Pandit agreed to form a committee, comprising members of the separatist Hurriyat, civil society, displaced Pandits and those from the community who continued living in the Valley, to coordinate the process of the return following its meeting with Farooq.
Mirwaiz maintains that only a political approach will work and not an “iron fist, muscular policy”, but home minister Amit Shah, who recently visited the state, gave no indication of a likely peace process.(HTfile)
Mirwaiz maintains that only a political approach will work and not an “iron fist, muscular policy”, but home minister Amit Shah, who recently visited the state, gave no indication of a likely peace process.(HTfile)

‘Talks on Kashmir can be held only at highest level’: Hurriyat

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Harinder Baweja
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 07:38 AM IST
Sharma is former director of the Intelligence Bureau. The Vajpayee government had made headlines for several rounds of talks with the Hurriyat Conference in 2004, when it even granted leaders of the separatist group passports and signalled that they could simultaneously hold talks with the Pakistani establishment.
Drug consumption has seen a surge among adolescents and young adults in the state.(Shutterstock)
Drug consumption has seen a surge among adolescents and young adults in the state.(Shutterstock)

Kashmir mosques that blared ‘azadi’ slogans will now launch war on drugs

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Harinder Baweja
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 11:33 AM IST
Alarmed at the spike in figures and the easy availability of heroin, the Mirwaiz has called for a meeting of non governmental organisations, Imams and doctors next week.
Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Bhat said India and Pakistan must realise the need for resolving the Kashmir issue for the larger interests South Asia.(Representative Image/AFP/File Photo)
Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Bhat said India and Pakistan must realise the need for resolving the Kashmir issue for the larger interests South Asia.(Representative Image/AFP/File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq hopes new government at Centre will revisit Kashmir policy

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 10:08 AM IST
Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz said he hoped that the Centre would analyse the Kashmir situation, adding that his organisation was ready to support all efforts by India and Pakistan.
Buoyed by the low turnout in Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday asked people to completely boycott elections on April 23 in south Kashmir.(AFP File Photo)
Buoyed by the low turnout in Srinagar parliamentary constituency, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday asked people to completely boycott elections on April 23 in south Kashmir.(AFP File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: ‘Boycott polls on Tuesday in south Kashmir’, says Syed Ali Geelani

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 10:30 AM IST
On April 11, some 35% electors had voted for north Kashmir’s Baramulla constituency comprising Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipora districts.
Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq arrives at National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case related to terror funding, in New Delhi, Monday, April 8, 2019.(PTI)
Separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq arrives at National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a case related to terror funding, in New Delhi, Monday, April 8, 2019.(PTI)

In terror-funding probe, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq questioned by NIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 12:27 AM IST
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(File photo)
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(File photo)

Centre assures security, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reaches Delhi to appear before NIA

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 09:54 AM IST
Mirwaiz had cited security reasons for skipping the earlier two summons sent by the NIA. The first summon was served to him in March and was asked to appear before the NIA officials on March 11.
Valley groups call NIA summons of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq an interference(HT File)
Valley groups call NIA summons of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq an interference(HT File)

Valley groups call NIA summons of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq an interference

Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2019 10:44 PM IST
Mutahida Majlis Ulema, a body of religious scholars headed by Farooq, held a convention against the NIA summons to Mirwaiz and a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami, and called for a protest shutdown on Saturday.
Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(File photo)
Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(File photo)

2017 terror-funding case: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq fails to appear in NIA HQ

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 11:31 PM IST
Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Naseem Geelani, the son of Hurriyat hardliner Syed Ali Shah Gilani, on Monday skipped a summons by the National Investigation Agency citing security reasons, their lawyer said.
The Srinagar administration on Sunday imposed restrictions in several parts, bringing the old city to a halt during a two-day shutdown against the summoning of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).(File Photo)
The Srinagar administration on Sunday imposed restrictions in several parts, bringing the old city to a halt during a two-day shutdown against the summoning of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).(File Photo)

Valley halts over summons to separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 06:14 AM IST
The police and Central Reserve Police Force increased deployment in the city to maintain law and order. Mirwaiz is also chief cleric of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid where he delivers weekly sermons. Naseem Geelani works as an assistant professor at an agriculture university.
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(HT file photo)
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq(HT file photo)

Mirwaiz, Geelani summoned by NIA to Delhi tomorrow

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2019 10:43 PM IST
The NIA on Saturday summoned Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Naseem Geelani, son of hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, to Delhi on Monday for questioning in connection with a terror funding case.
Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to a jail in Jammu, prompting a separatist call for a general strike in the Valley on Friday.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to a jail in Jammu, prompting a separatist call for a general strike in the Valley on Friday.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

Yasin Malik booked in PSA case amid Valley crackdown, shifted to Jammu

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2019 10:51 PM IST
Yasin Malik, chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), was booked under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and shifted to a jail in Jammu.
JKLF’s spokesperson confirmed Malik was booked under PSA, which allows for people to be held for up to two years without judicial intervention, and will be taken to Kotbalwal jail.(PTI)
JKLF’s spokesperson confirmed Malik was booked under PSA, which allows for people to be held for up to two years without judicial intervention, and will be taken to Kotbalwal jail.(PTI)

JKLF’s Yasin Malik booked under PSA act, being shifted to Jammu

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
PUBLISHED ON MAR 07, 2019 01:47 PM IST
Malik was arrested on February 22 and kept at the Kothibagh police station in Srinagar. However, he was informed by police on Wednesday evening that he is being shifted to Jammu’s Kotbalwal jail.
Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.(HT file photo)
Chairman of the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.(HT file photo)

Kashmiri leaders condemn Jamaat-e-Islami ban amid tensions

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 11:59 PM IST
A day after the Jammu and Kashmir chapter of the Jamaat- e- Islami was banned, restrictions were imposed in several parts of the old city of Srinagar and south Kashmir’s Anantnag town over an apprehension of protests.
Army personnel stand guard at Gujjar Nagar area during a curfew, imposed on the third day after the clash between two communities over the protest against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.(PTI photo)
Army personnel stand guard at Gujjar Nagar area during a curfew, imposed on the third day after the clash between two communities over the protest against the Pulwama terror attack, in Jammu, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.(PTI photo)

Security of 5 separatist leaders withdrawn as tension mounts in Kashmir

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan and Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2019 11:07 PM IST
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday withdrew the security cover of four Kashmiri separatists, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, amid street protests and growing calls for a strong action following a suicide bombing in Pulwama that killed 40 troopers in a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convo
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the Kashmir issue with hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani (Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussed the Kashmir issue with hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani (Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)

Shah Mahmood Qureshi now talks Kashmir issue with Syed Ali Geelani

Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2019 01:02 AM IST
Qureshi’s conversation with Geelani came days after he made a similar phone call to Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and discussed with him Islamabad’s efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue, a move that angered India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir on February 3.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu And Kashmir on February 3.(ANI Photo)

Surgical strikes showed the world a new India: PM Modi

Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2019 12:57 AM IST
The PM landed in Srinagar amid a shutdown, called by separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik who were either detained by police or put under house arrest.
The Indian government was angered by foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s phone conversation with Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
The Indian government was angered by foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s phone conversation with Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

India warns Pakistan of ‘consequences’ over Qureshi-Mirwaiz phone call row

New Delhi/London | By Rezaul H Laskar & Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 08:05 PM IST
The Indian government was angered by foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s phone conversation with Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday.
Pakistan today summoned the Indian high commissioner to lodge a protest over New Delhi summoning its high commissioner to lodge a complaint over foreign minister S M Qureshi’s phone call to Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (File Photo)(HT Photo)
Pakistan today summoned the Indian high commissioner to lodge a protest over New Delhi summoning its high commissioner to lodge a complaint over foreign minister S M Qureshi’s phone call to Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (File Photo)(HT Photo)

After India, now Pakistan summons high commissioner to lodge protest

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 09:33 PM IST
Foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua lodged a protest with Indian high commissioner Ajay Bisaria over the summoning of Pakistan’s high commissioner Sohail Mahmood, foreign office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said at a weekly briefing
Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said India’s response to a phone call between Pakistani FM and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reduced ties to an unbelievable nadir.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)
Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said India’s response to a phone call between Pakistani FM and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has reduced ties to an unbelievable nadir.(Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

‘Shockingly pathetic’: Mehbooba Mufti on India’s response to Pakistan-Hurriyat talks

Srinagar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 06:56 PM IST
Referring to past engagements between Pakistani officials and Hurriyat leaders in the state, Mehbooba said it was in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA regime that meetings between separatists and Pakistani officials were facilitated.
Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference over phone.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)
Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference over phone.(Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

India hits out at Pak minister’s call with Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Hindustan Times, Srinagar/New Delhi | By Ashiq Hussain and Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 08:21 AM IST
India reacted strongly on Tuesday to Pakistan’s outreach to Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in an attempt to highlight the Kashmir issue.
Hurriyat leader and chief cleric of Srinagar mosque, Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday led a rally against the desecration of the mosque by a group of masked youth carrying IS flags.(AP)
Hurriyat leader and chief cleric of Srinagar mosque, Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday led a rally against the desecration of the mosque by a group of masked youth carrying IS flags.(AP)

Mirwaiz leads rally against IS’s desecration of Jamia Masjid in Srinagar

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By HT Correspondent, Srinagar
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2019 06:49 PM IST
Mirwaiz Umar along with the people then entered the Jamia Masjid and were seen cleaning the pulpit with their hands.
Police personnel use teargas to disperse a protest march led by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik (unseen) on the third day of strike, in Srinagar, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Police personnel use teargas to disperse a protest march led by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik (unseen) on the third day of strike, in Srinagar, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Separatist leaders detained in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, march against civilian killings stopped

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Mir Ehsan
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 06:49 PM IST
Hurriyat chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained by police and put under house arrest to prevent him from organising the march from his residence in Nageen area of the city. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front head Yasin Malik was also detained along with dozens of his supporters near Budshah bridge.
Seven civilians died and several others injured after security forces opened fire on protestors near an encounter site in Sirnoo village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.(AFP/File Photo)
Seven civilians died and several others injured after security forces opened fire on protestors near an encounter site in Sirnoo village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.(AFP/File Photo)

Separatists call for three-day strike against civilian killings during Pulwama encounter

Srinagar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2018 05:54 PM IST
Separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, asked people to march to the headquarters of the Army’s Chinar Corps at Badamibagh in Srinagar on Monday.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organisation of separatist groups in Kashmir, and his colleagues met former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik in the Valley last month.(PTI)
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , chairman of the Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organisation of separatist groups in Kashmir, and his colleagues met former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik in the Valley last month.(PTI)

Never said J&K conflict was ‘Hindu India versus Muslim Kashmir’, says Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar

Hindustan Times, Srinagar | By Ashiq Hussain
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 07:17 AM IST
Mirwaiz, who is also the chief cleric of the Valley’s main mosque, spoke to HT’s Ashiq Hussain about the meeting and the Hurriyat’s desire for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir problem.
Omar Abdullah Monday asked the Centre to clear the air around former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Mangne Bondevik’s visit to Kashmir.(HT File Photo)
Omar Abdullah Monday asked the Centre to clear the air around former Norwegian prime minister Kjell Mangne Bondevik’s visit to Kashmir.(HT File Photo)

‘What are the Norwegians up to in Kashmir?’ Omar asks Sushma Swaraj

Srinagar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2018 09:15 AM IST
In a statement, the separatists said Geelani and Mirwaiz told the former prime minister that since his country “has a history of playing a positive role in conflict resolutions”, the Norwegian government should make serious efforts to resolve the vexed Kashmir dispute to mitigate the sufferings of the people and ensure a lasting peace in South Asia.
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