NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had given pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson a government job by breaching all official rules and procedure in 2016, top sources said.
The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Saturday terminated services of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s grandson Anees Ul Islam from his job as a research officer at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC).
Top sources told The New Indian that the Mehbooba Mufti government appointed Anees in 2016 as a research officer at SKICC, which is a subsidiary of Jammu & Kashmir tourism department, flouting all rules of recruitment policy. The post is a pensionable job with a salary of Rs. 12 lakh annually.
Mehbooba, who used to head the tourism department in 2016, sources said, did not refer this post to the recruiting agencies, that is, Jammu & Kashmir State Public Service Commission and Jammu & Kashmir State Subordinate Recruitment Services Board, which is mandatory for recruitment for government jobs in Jammu & Kashmir. Sources said around 140 applications were received for this post but only Anees and a couple of more people were invited for the interview.
(Above picture: Anees ul Islam taking a selfie with another pro-Pakistan youth and artist Ali Saifuddin.)
Anees has an MBA degree from a university in Jalandhar, Punjab. Interestingly, in 2008, he was denied a passport by passport office due to adverse reports from Criminal Investigation Department (CID). However, later he was granted passport for pursuing education abroad following the orders from J&K High Court. He went to the UK for another masters in business administration, sources said.
In 2016, Pakistan sponsored stone-pelting mobs caused massive violence in Kashmir after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani was killed by security forces. Over 80 people were killed in clashes between the rioters and the forces under the then chief minister Mehbooba Mufti led coalition government. Mehbooba, at the time, drew tremendous flak as the opposition party National Conference led by Omar Abdullah held her responsible for the killings and accused her of being the murderer of Kashmiri Muslims.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who died last month at the age of 92, in 2016 was instrumental in mobilizing Islamist mobs, issuing calendars for violent protests and attacking the security forces over the killing of Hizbul’s poster boy Burhan Wani. Hizbul Mujahideen is the armed wing of J&K’s Jamaat-e-Islami, a radical religious outfit that has advocated Kashmir’s integration with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Geelani was one of the oldest and staunchest members of Jamaat-e-Islami.
(Above Picture: Anees ul Islam, glamorizing his grandfather Syed Ali Shah Geelani, by sitting in his chair from where the pro-Pakistan Islamist used to issue statements to instigate Kashmiri Muslim youth against India and release his calendars for violent attacks against Indian security forces in Kashmir.)
Anees, sources said, had been glamorising Islamist Geelani on social media platforms after his death last month. He was also facilitating the publication of pro-Pakistan view on Kashmir and some fake news regarding his grandfather in various international media outlets. He had falsely accused the government of dragging his grandfather’s body and not letting the family hold the last rites.