While cops targeted by separatists, Kashmir officer marries Pakistani woman

Geelani FaizaEven as the violence in the Kashmir Valley continues, sub-inspector Owais Geelani married Faiza Geelani, a woman born in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

His family said the man’s father, Shabir Geelani, a retired police officer travelled to Muzaffarabad in 2014 to meet his divided family across the Line of Control (LoC) – the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

In order to rekindle the family bond the elder Geelani performed the ‘nikkah’ ceremony of his son in Muzaffarabad.

Owais’s family belongs to the Karnah border town in North Kashmir Kupwara district. Many family members had crossed over to Muzaffarabad in 1947.

As traditional celebrations in the valley are suspended because of unrest, a small function was held in a local hotel.

This marriage caught significant attention because police are currently battling stone-pelting mobs and are in the thick of law and order management in the valley.

It is not unheard of, as a few such marriages have taken place with success.