Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Sehrai replaces Geelani as interim Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman

Sehrai replaces Geelani as interim Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman

As per the media reports veteran leader and chairman of pro-freedom group Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Sayed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday, resigned from his position.

Geelani though will continue as the head of the Hurriyat Conference.

Geelani and Sehraie were among the founding members of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) when it was formed in 2004 after Geelani had a rift with Jamat-e-Islami, its parent organisation.

Referring to his perpetual house-arrest, Geelani said that he was not able to contribute to the party's activities.

Hurriyat sources said Mr. Geelani "was not keeping well of late due multiple ailments and frequently complains of feeling exhausted and weak". Political observers in Srinagar believe that Sehrai will ultimately succeed 88-year-old Geelani as the head of the Hurriyat Conference as well.

Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Monday took a major decision by announcing that his long time aide and Secretary General Tehreek-e-Hurriyat will act as chairperson of the party. He extended his fullest cooperation and honest wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization.

A spokesman of TeH said a meeting of Majlis-e-Shoora (advisory body) of the organisation was held today during which Geelani announced to step down as party chairman.

As per reports, Sehraie, a few months ago, had written to Geelani expressing his displeasure about some developments within the faction. Last Thursday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against Kashmiri separatists leader in the alleged terror funding case in a Delhi court.

A resident of Tikki Pora Lolab in North Kashmir's Kupwara district, Sehraie joined Jama'at in 1950s a few years after Geelani.

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