SRINAGAR, March 4: Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, seems to be enjoying a distinct set of privileges when it comes to relations with the Jammu and Kashmir government. Reportedly, voices have emerged that allege the government to have bent rules to provide Geelani’s grandson, Anees-ul-Islam, an out-of-turn job during the 2016 unrest in the valley.
According to reports in TOI, sources have confirmed that Anees-ul-Islam has been appointed a research officer in the Sher-e-Kashmir international convention complex (SKICC). The SKICC is a wing of the tourism department of the Jammu and Kashmir government.
There’s more than what meets the eye. It further reports that the placement was offered to placate the active Hurriyat leader who was calling for protests and shutdowns in the state. The lucrative job fetches an annual salary of Rs 12 lakhs, in addition to being pensionable.
This exposes the Geelani’s hypocrisy who is often hailed as the supreme intellect that resides in the valley. The mass uprising that the valley witnessed in 2016 was inspired, incited by him. The repeated acts of violence and shutdowns has left Kashmir economically weak. Kashmir is the topmost region in the list of ‘Rate of unemployment’. Over 500 muslim families have already migrated from the Valley to look for a better future. Yet, a significant fraction supports the greedy, dishonest and a sham in disguise of a leader whose only concern is to fulfil his needs under the subterfuge of his personal agenda, falsely masked as the voice of Kashmir.
However, the TOI report quotes tourism secretary, Farooq Shah, as having said that all rules had been followed. He is reported to have further added, “We invited applications from candidates; he was found fit for the post.”Geelani’s grandson has an MBA from Jalandhar, Punjab. He also has another Master’s in Business Administration obtained from an institute in the United Kingdom.