Srinagar: The Senate of Pakistan on Monday unanimously passed a resolution calling upon the Government of Pakistan to confer the highest Civil Award ‘Nishan-e-Pakistan’ to Senior Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Radio Pakistan reported.
The resolution said that it should be done in view of the nonagenarian leader’s “life-long services and sacrifices for the just and fair settlement of Kashmir issue in the light of UN Resolutions, and the right of self-determination duly recognized by international law.”
The house lauded his “selfless and relentless struggle and sacrifices” for the right of self-determination of the people of “Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK).”
“Recognizing his unwavering commitment, dedication, preservance and leadership”, the house acknowledged his role in “exposing Indian atrocities, suppressive measures and human rights violations in IOJK.”
The resolution also called upon the government to name the proposed ‘Pakistan University of Engineering and Emerging Technologies’ near Prime Minister House in Islamabad as ‘Syed Ali Shah Gilani University of Engineering and Emerging Technologies’.
The resolution, moved by Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan senator Mushtaq Ahmed and passed unanimously with a voice vote, also asked the government to include Geelani’s “life and struggle” in the educational curriculum at federal and provincial level.
Expressing concern over Geelani’s continued “unjustified house arrest in frail health at the age of 90 years,” the resolution also asked the government to “mobilize world conscience” to help Geelani get the “best available medical treatment at a place of his choice.”
(With inputs from Radio Pakistan)