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Sehrai replaces Geelani as interim Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman

21 March 2018

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, headed by 87-year-old Syed Ali Geelani, on Monday announced that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai (78) is the new chairman of the separatist amalgam, clearing the decks for a "smooth transition" of leadership.

Geelani, however, would continue the chairman of the faction of Hurriyat Conference.

In a statement issued for press, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat spokesman said that Syed Ali 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 Tehreekl-e-Hurriyat. "So today I willfully step-down from the chairmanship and advise the Shoora to arrange an alternative at the earliest", he said.

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TeH, virtually a breakaway wing of the duo's parent organization Jamaat-e-Islamic, is the dominant constituent of the Hurriyat Conference faction led by octogenarian leader (Geelani). Sehrai, who was the secretary general of TeH, will remain as interim chairman till the party elections will be held later this year. "I extend my fullest cooperation and honest wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization", Geelani, as per the TeH statement said. He has also been in the view of the National Investigative Agency's probe into terror financing cases in Kashmir. Geelani held the position for 18 years.

Geelani's two sons Nayeem and Naseem Khan were recently called by NIA regarding the Kashmir terror funding. The Geelani-led Hurriyat comprises at least 24 smaller parties. Shooba-i-Talaba was renamed as Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) later on and the current framework of IJT has been designed by Sehraie himself in 2001.

Sehrai replaces Geelani as interim Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman