Geelani’s grandson Anees-ul-Islam sacked from govt duty for aiding terrorism in J&k
Anees-ul-Islam alias Altaf Fantoosh, grandson of Jammu and Kashmir’s separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was on Saturday dismissed from government service “with immediate effect” for allegedly aiding terrorism in the union territory. Late Geelani’s grandson, was working as a research officer in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar.
He has been sacked under the special provisions of Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution.
Anees-ul-Islam’s dismissal from government service Saturday has proved that the separatist leader had held an elected government to ransom in Jammu and Kashmir in the past.
Disclosure of facts that led to this highly irregular and unwarranted engagement in government service has also shown that despite being in power with the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP coalition government, the BJP had little knowledge about how the affairs of the government were being run.
Rattled by the public unrest of 2016 that followed the killing of militancy’s poster boy, Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, Mehbooba Mufti is believed to have struck a deal with Geelani through his son-in-law, Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Fantosh.
Intelligence reports suggest that Geelani agreed to pause his influence on stone pelters and arsonists to ease pressure on the government by bringing down the level of violence provided the government offered his grandson a suitable place in the government service.
This led to Geelani’s grandson, Anees-ul-Islam getting appointed as the research officer in Sher-e-Kashmir international convention Center (SKICC) without following any procedure and without any urgency to fill that post.
The UT government headed by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday issued an order dismissing Anees-ul-Islam, son of Altaf Ahmad Shah, from the government service.
Anees-ul-Islam was appointed as a research officer in SKICC under the J&K Tourism department in late 2016.
His appointment was found to be highly irregular and under the circumstances that are incriminating for flouting established norms. It is suspected that Anees’ appointment straightaway to a gazetted grade equivalent position in the government-funded and controlled SKICC was a deal to bring down violence during Burhan Wani’s agitation between the former Chief Minister of J&K Mehbooba Mufti and Geelani.
The intelligence dossier prepared on him said that just a few months before his appointment Anees had travelled to Pakistan (July 31, 2016, to August 7, 2016, and met Colonel Yasir of ISI at the behest of his maternal grandfather, Geelani, the hardcore secessionist who had fuelled violence after terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter.
The agitation that followed Burhan Wani’s killing was the brainchild of Jamaat-e-Islami and the All Party Hurriyat Conference headed by Geelani.
The intelligence dossier further said, “It is learned that prior to his appointment in the government service Anees along with a team of his anti-India friends, facilitated the flying of drones in and around Srinagar city to shoot law and order incidents and other events and shared the footage with Pak ISI.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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