Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Geelani paves way for leadership change, appoints long-time aide Sehrai as chairperson

Geelani with Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai at his residence Geelani with Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai at his residence
Patty Aguilar | 19 March, 2018, 17:39

Long-time Geelani aide Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai has replaced him as Chairman of TeH, confirmed ANI.

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, who had recently claimed that he had turned down an offer by an Intelligence Bureau official of facilitating his dialogue with Government of India, had formed TeH in 2004 after having differences with his parent organisation, Jamaat-e-Islami and since 2004 he was heading the organisation.

He has been held accountable on many occasion by former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as the man behind the rise of insurgency in Kashmir.

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The development came after a decision by the Majlis-e-Shora (Advisory board) after taking the health and age of Geelani into consideration, sources said.

Interestingly, in November 2015, Geelani was elected as lifetime chairman of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat which came into existence in September 2003 after the first major split in the pro-freedom camp.

Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Fantoosh was said to be the one in charge of party operations to a good extent. The separatist leader has also served as the president of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organisation fo separatist parties in Jammu and Kashmir. Another Hurriyat Conference conglomerate is headed by moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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