A few days ago, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had urged Kashmiri parents not to send their children to “goodwill” schools being run by the Army.
The Hurriyat hawk had said: “For petty material gains, we are losing our next generation. The institutions run by Army are making our children indifferent towards their religion and specific culture.”
Other separatists have been singing the same tune. However, the family members and children of many of such leaders have got the best education, are settled abroad and eventually leading a luxurious life.
Take the case of Syed Ali Shah Geelani first. Nayeem Geelani, the son of Geelani, is a medical practitioner in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
His other son, Zahoor, is a crew member of a private airline in India, reports ANI.
Geelani`s daughter is a teacher in Jeddah and her husband is an engineer there.
Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai, a general secretary of the Geelani faction, also availed the best education for his child. His son, Abid Sehrai, is a computer engineer in Dubai.
Ghulam Nabi Fall, the cousin of octogenarian separatist leader, and Rabia Farooq, the sister of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a doctor, live in London.
While Ghulam Mohammad Sumzi`s son Jugnu was a management student in Delhi, Rooma Maqbool, the son of the head of Mass Movement Farida Behanjee, lives and works as a medical practitioner in South Africa.
Iqbal and Bilal, the sons of the head of the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party Hashim Qureshi, live in London.
Sarwar Yaqub, the son of a spokesman for the Geelani faction, Ayaz Akbar, is a management student in Pune.
Two sons of another leader of the Geelani faction Abdul Aziz Dar – Umer Dar and Adil Dar – are studying in Pakistan.
Moreover, Mariyam Andrabi, the sister of the head of the radical Dukhtran-e-Millat Asiya Andrabi lives in Malaysia with her family. Asiya wanted to send her elder son to Malaysia for further studies, but he was denied a passport. Asiya`s elder son Mohammed Bin Qasim was pursuing Bachelors of Information Technology at the Islamic University of Malaysia and now is in Australia for further studies.
Last year witnessed a number of incidents related to attacks on more than 20 schools in the Valley. The hand of separatists behind the act was suspected.
This year, students have turned stone-pelters and clashed with security forces in different parts of the Kashmir Valley.