Geelani steps down from TeH post

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"The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani today held a meeting at its office in Srinagar and elected senior member Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai as the party chairman", said a spokesperson reported by Indian Express. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is a separatist organisation of Jammu and Kashmir founded on August 7, 2014. "The decision was taken after Geelani chose to step down", they said. He handed over the responsibilities to his close aide, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai who was earlier the general secretary of the organisation.

Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai has replaced Veteran Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani as the chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. Sehrai will be interim chairman until formal elections are conducted as decided by Majlis-e-Shora. He extended his fullest cooperation and honest wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization.

Some months ago, Sehrai wrote a five-page letter to Geelani expressing his displeasure about some developments within the faction. He has also been in the view of the National Investigative Agency's probe into terror financing cases in Kashmir.

NIA has arrested several senior pro-freedom leaders in the past one year.

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Geelani floated the TeH after the Hurriyat Conference split in 2003.

Geelani, who wielded considerable support among the hardliners, later formed his own outfit Tahreek-e-Hurriyat and held duel membership in both Jamat and his new party.

The NIA has named 10 other Kashmiri separatists including Hurriyat leader Syed Shah Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah.

When JeI J&K chose to launch its student wing, Sehraie was chosen to lead Shooba-i-Talaba since 1977.

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