The Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, has resigned as the chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. He had held the position for 18 years.
Senior Hurriyat leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai replaced Syed Geelani as the new chairman of the party. 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.
Syed Geelani has been viewed as a key separatist leader in Kashmir Valley and has been vocal on advocating Kashmiri separatism.
The former Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah, has long blamed Syed Geelani for the rise in militancy and bloodshed in Kashmir Valley, while Omar's father and former Union Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, has urged Geelani to follow a path, which would 'save Kashmiri people from further destruction'.
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.