SAS Geelani honored with Pakistan’s highest civilian award

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The Pakistani Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution conferring the country’s highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, on Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, besides proposing an engineering university in his name Times of India reported.

The resolution was moved by Jamaat-i-Islami senator Mushtaq Ahmad and passed unanimously with a voice vote. The Senate also decided to hold its session in the “legislative assembly” of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Administered Kashmir on 5 August, which marks the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 in J-K.

The resolution lauded Mr. Geelani’s “the selfless and relentless struggle and sacrifices” for the “right to self-determination” of the people of J-K, and proposed inclusion of the “life and struggle” of Mr. Geelani in the country’s academic curriculum.

The development comes less than a month after Mr. Geelani quit his Hurriyat faction and named Rawalpindi-based Abdullah Geelani as successor.

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