Finally, Geelani passes on Tehreek baton to lifelong aide Sehrai

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

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

Sehrai was elected chairman of the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat at a meeting of its executive committee after Geelani chose to step down, sources in the separatist party said. He has been the chairman, since the inception of TeH in 2001.

The TeH spokesman said after Geelani's resignation, it was unanimously decided by the participants to appoint Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai as interim chairman till fresh elections are held later this year. He has worked together with Geelani for over six decades.

Geelani had cited health reasons as he offered to step down.

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Sehrai, a resident of north Kashmir's Kupwara district is considered as the most confidential of Geelani.

However, other reports suggest Geelani has been cornered recently with NIA tightening screws over funding.

A three-time MLA from the Sopore constituency (1972, 1977 and 1987), he was earlier a member of Jamaat-e-Islami, but later found his own party in 2003.

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In a significant development, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Monday resigned as chairman of his party Tehreek-e-Hurriyat but would continue to head the faction of Hurriyat Conference, a conglomerate of separatist groups.

In a statement issued to KNS, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman said that Geelani while addressing the members of Shoora, said that "you are aware of the prevailing situation of the valley and hard times all pro-freedom camp is facing especially Tehreek-e-Hurriyat".

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