Syed Geelani steps down as Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief

Rajnath Singh Home Minister Syed Alishah Geelani Hurriyat Conferenc Rajnath Singh Home Minister Syed Alishah Geelani Hurriyat Conferenc

Sehrai will be interim chairman until formal elections are conducted as decided by Majlis-e-Shora.

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, 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. He is also the founder of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. In fact, three years ago, Geelani had made a decision to nominate him as his successor in the Hurriyat but the announcement was halted at the last moment after some members questioned Geelani making a nomination when organisation had an election system. Pakistan was reportedly pressurizing Geelani to further step up anti-India rhetoric.

"So, I wilfully step-down from the chairmanship and advise the "shoora" (council) to arrange an alternative at the earliest", the hardliner said. He extended his fullest cooperation and honest wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization.

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The assumption is that Sehrai will one day succeed Geelani as the head of the Hurriyat Conference in the future.

In November 2015, Geelani was elected as lifetime chairman of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

The NIA has named 10 other Kashmiri separatists including Hurriyat leader Syed Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah. Geelani parted ways from Hurriyat Conference saying that several leaders of the grouping tacitly supported Assembly elections in 2002.

While addressing advisory body meeting of the party, Geelani said from last 8 years of continuous house arrest and restrictions by authorities on interactions with party colleagues has dented the functioning of the party.

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