Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Syed Ali Geelani quits as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

Syed Ali Geelani quits as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat

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According to Rising Kashmir, Sehrai is the interim chairman of TeH, and there will be fresh election held to chose the next party chief.

"In a unanimous decision taken in an extraordinary meeting of the Majlis-e-Shoora, its highest decision-making body, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) appointed Mr. Sehrai as an interim chairman till the organisational elections to be held late this year", said a Hurriyat spokesman.

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Finally the speculation of inheritance was put to an end as senior Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehra was handed over the reins of Hurriyat Conference by Syed Ali Geelani.

"The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani today held a meeting at its office in Srinagar and elected senior member Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai as the party chairman", said a spokesperson reported by Indian Express.

He further said that merely holding a position without practical contribution is injustice not only with the post, but the conscience as well, so today I willfully step-down from the chairmanship and advise the shoora to arrange an alternative at the earliest.

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The party was formed following a split in the Hurriyat Conference in 2003 since then Geelani had been the chairperson. Geelani has resigned citing health concerns, claims Hurriyat sources.

Geelani, 89, however, would continue to be the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), as he was elected the lifetime chairman of the separatist coalition when it was founded in 2004. Till now, Sehrai worked as the general secretary of the party. They are now detained in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

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