While Valley kids pick up guns, separatists’ wards thrive in safe havens
1. Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Wife: Bajiya practicing medicine in Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
Elder son: Nayeen Geelani practicing medicine in Rawalpindi (Pakistan)
Younger son: lives in South Delhi
Daughter: Farhat Geelani Teacher in Jeddah and her husband is working as an engineer there
Grandchildren: studying in leading Christian missionary schools.
Cousin: Ghulam Nabi Fall is presently in London.
SAS Geelani is not the only leader, who has chosen to keep his children away from harm’s way. Read on to find the names of other separatist leaders, the families of whom are settled away from the venomous valley.
2. Ayaz Akbar
Sarwar Yakub, the son of the spokesperson of the Geelani-led faction of APHC, Ayaz Akbar is presently studying management in Pune.
3. Abdul Aziz Dar alias General Moosa
Another Hurriyat leader Abdul Aziz Dar alias General Moosa’s one son has studied Computer Applications and another is in the Animal Husbandry Department.
General Moosa had earned the moniker for being the active member of the proscribed terrorist group of Hizbul in 1990s. He had played a crucial role in triggering and sustaining stone-pelting protests in Kashmir in 2010.
4. Asiya Andrabi
Asiya heads the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of the nation). Since 1990s, she along with her husband Ashiq Husain Faktoo have been instrumental in setting up base for a ‘jihadist’ movement in Kashmir.
Andrabi, who herself holds a degree in bio-chemistry, has been a major detractor of Indian establishment, sought Indian passports for her sons to send them to Malaysia for studies.
Elder Son: Mohammad bin Qasim is pursuing Bachelor’s of Info Tech at Islamic University of Malyasia
Younger son: Ahmad bin Qasim is studying in a Christian missionary school in the Valley
Sister: Mariyam Andrabi is also settled in Malaysia.
5. Masrat Alam
Masarat Alam, the former top commander of pro-Pakistan terrorist outfit Hezbollah who joined APHC under Geelani in 2003, is said to be the architect of the 2008 Amarnath land agitation and 2010 unrest in the valley.
The 48-year-old who comes from a businessman family is touted as the successor of Geelani. Even as education of Kashmir children is disrupted in the face of sporadic unrest, his children are said to be studying in “good schools” in Delhi.
6. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Dr. Umer Farooq, the chairman of the moderate wing of Hurriyat Conference and ‘Mirwaiz’ (chief cleric) of Kashmir, has been married to a US citizen of Kashmiri origin. His sister Rabia Farooq, a doctor, is also reported to be living in the US.