Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Grandson Sacked From Government Job

IIOJK: The grandson of late Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been sacked as research officer from a government-owned convention centre in Jammu and Kashmir, sources have said.

The move behind the sacking of Anees-Ul-Islam came after it was allegedly found that had “bartered violence for his grandson’s job”, sources said.

Anees-Ul-Islam was appointed research officer in Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre or SKICC under Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in 2016 when People’s Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti was the Chief Minister.

“It is learnt that there was pressure from top echelon in the government to appoint Anees and the whole recruitment process was manipulated,” said a person with direct knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified.

Anees-Ul-Islam also allegedly helped some people in flying drones in and around Srinagar to film protests.

“His appointment was found to be highly irregular… It is suspected that the appointment straightaway to a gazetted grade equivalent position in the government-funded and controlled SKICC was a deal to bring down violence during the Shaheed Burhan Wani agitation between the then Chief Minister and Syed Geelani,” the source said, referring to the protests after Burhan Wani was shot dead by security forces in 2016.

“There was no urgency to fill the post that had been vacant since 2005. But some officers were suddenly in a hurry after Anees returned from Pakistan to look for any vacant position in SKICC. Any assessment by any security agency anywhere in the world under the given circumstances could not have granted security clearance to him for occupying a public position. But he was cleared due to pressure from the top,” the source said.

SKICC is a top convention and conferencing facility of the Jammu and Kashmir administration, which is used for high-level meetings and VVIP conferences.