21 March, 2018
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.
Sehrai, in his late 70s, is a senior leader of Hurriyat's hardline faction and, like Geelani, has been in and out of jail for years together. "So today, I willfully step-down from the chairmanship and advise Shoora to arrange an alternative at the earliest", said Geelani, while addressing the meeting.
Unidentified sources told Rising Kashmir that Geelani had chose to appoint Sehrai as the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairperson because of failing health and "other political burdens". Till the next party chief get elected, Ashraf Sehrai will be served as the interim chairman of TeH. He extended his fullest cooperation and honest wishes to the would-be leadership of the organization. He was one of the accused in the Kashmir terror funding case. They are now detained in Tihar Jail in New Delhi.
Sehrai's appointment also comes two days after Geelani said he rejected an offer of talks by the Modi government in New Delhi when an official of India's Intelligence Bureau (IB) had visited him at his residence here. The Geelani-led Hurriyat comprises at least 24 smaller parties.
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Sehrai and (Syed Ali) Geelani's release was part of "goodwill gesture" after Rajiv-Farooq accord paved way for elections.
However, in 2010, Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) suspended Geelani from the basic membership of the party over the "adverse" remarks made against his parent outfit in a new controversial biography.
When JeI J&K chose to launch its student wing, Sehraie was chosen to lead Shooba-i-Talaba since 1977.