Successor Ashraf Sehrai more rigid than Syed Ali Geelani

Geelani with Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai at his residence

Geelani with Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai at his residence

Ending speculations, Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani stepped down as chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) and appointed long-time associate and pro-Pakistan leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai as his successor.

Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Monday took a major decision by announcing that his long time aide and Secretary General Tehreek-e-Hurriyat will act as chairperson of the party. Sehrai will be interim chairman until formal elections are conducted as decided by Majlis-e-Shora.

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.

Gagging the political environment jailing the entire man force of the organization and judicial onslaught of our workers have left us with no other option than fight back with more will and vigor.

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However, Syed Ali Shah Geelani will continue as the APHC (G) Chairman indefinitely, the sources said. Everywhere and anywhere suppressed and oppressed nations struggle and strive to get rid of forceful occupation.

He added that merely holding a position without practical contribution is injustice not only with the post, but the conscience as well.

Geelani and Sehrai formed the Hurriyat in 2007 after parting ways with Jamaat-e-Islami.

Sections of media had earlier reported that Geelani may pickup his elder son Naeem Geelani, a medical doctor by profession, to lead his party. Geelani parted ways from Hurriyat Conference saying that several leaders of the grouping tacitly supported Assembly elections in 2002.

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